Culture News, 19/06/2017

British Expert Discusses Kharkiv Architecture Accessibility

Kharkiv students met with British architect Reuben Saffer at the O.M.Beketov National University of Urban Economy in Kharkiv to learn about the experience of city’s accessibility in European countries.

In his speech, Reuben Saffer shared his concepts for creating a barrier-free urban environment in the UK. He also noted that it was possible to implement this practice in Ukraine.

The British guest stated that architects had to take into account end users of their work and create buildings and infrastructure that people dream about.

After the lecture, Reuben Saffer gave the students Q&A sessions.

“The issues of mobility and accessibility in architecture are very important. So it was instructive to hear the views of a person from another country,” noted a student Eva Linkevich.

All those present came to the conclusion that city planners should put on the first place “a person, not stones”. It is this principle that will create the basis for the formation of the architectural appearance of Ukrainian cities.

Text: Anastasia Mitrofanova