The Most Important Public Space
In Ukraine, public space is often understood as a park, courtyard, or square. However, while parks can be visited at will, streets are used daily by everyone, hence they require more attention.
"Currently, streets are designed by the city's Road Department, and their specialty is roads, so it's not surprising that they don't pay much attention to pedestrians," says Maksym Kotsiuba. "But even streets in new residential areas are often designed following the poor example of Road Department streets. We design streets as public spaces."
One such example of work by the Kotsiuba studio is the streets in UNIT.City. Here, there is no transit or intense traffic, so allocating separate lanes for cars, cyclists, scooters, etc., didn't make sense: it would have created more barriers than order.