The 6-month urban planning competition where Ukrainian and Canadian students collaborate and learn together to redesign a city in Ukraine devastated by war.





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Planuyemo Razom Exhibit 

APRIL 28 – MAY 11


1604 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6P 1A7

Join us as we embark on a journey of hope and optimism toward the future of Ukraine’s cities, each having been destroyed by war. Visit our exhibit to witness the dynamic designs crafted over six months by passionate students from both Canada and Ukraine.

Opening Reception:

Sunday, April 28, 2024

1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Explore the final team submissions and explore winning designs as our executive team members welcome you to the gallery.

Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

About the Competition

Halfway through the 6-month urban planning initiative, the Planuyemo Razom competition has united Ukrainian and Canadian students across disciplines. Throughout the fall, teams began rejuvenating a Ukrainian city destroyed by war. With education at the centre of this competition stage, teams received tailored assignments and valuable resources to help them best create their city proposals. Professionals provided unique workshops for participants, focusing on designing and building accessible, post-war cities with communities in mind. Teams submitted preliminary designs in December and received feedback in mid-January. In April 2024, the final designs are submitted, evaluated, and ranked by a panel of judges. Winning teams secure a well-earned monetary prize.


Students from different backgrounds learn to work together, fostering cultural exchange and understanding.


The competition can raise awareness about the importance of thoughtful urban planning and the ongoing war in Ukraine.


The combination of diverse perspectives can lead to unique and creative urban design solutions.


Participants have the chance to connect with and learn from industry mentors, potential employers, and fellow students

Program Details

Design Mandate & Scope

Each student team was assigned a small urban district (raion) in Ukraine. Most of these are municipalities (hromada), roughly containing between 50,000 and 120,000 residents, that have been thoroughly devastated through the course of the invasion. Teams began research into the city, through analysis of planning documents and news about these cities during the war, they came up with a future vision for how the city should look and function once rebuilding had been completed.

The three main design principles are as follows: Familiarity with residents, historical identity and expression of tragic loss, and the ideas of hope, resistance, and regeneration. The expectation is that, using multimedia graphic designs, teams will create a general overview of the new city, and include examples to showcase how each design principle has been incorporated into the overall design. These will be complemented by the core elements of accessibility, mobility, safety, and sustainability to create forward-thinking plans with tangible future applications.




Ukrainian Cities for Rebuilding

      • Lysychansk
      • Horlivka
      • Bakhmut
      • Avdiikva
      • Maryinka
      • Severodonetsk
      • Nova Kakhovka
      • Mariupol Tsentralnyy (Center)
      • Mariupol Prymorskyi (Port)
      • Mariupol Livoberezheny (Azovstal)

Student Involvement



We have 10 teams of 6-8 post-secondary undergraduate and master’s students each. Students are from Ukraine and Canada and the majority are studying urban planning while others are from other disciplines such as architecture and civil engineering. Students will be given monetary compensation on a need basis. As a result, each team will be given a lump sum of money ($500-$1000 CAD) split amongst Ukrainian students only. Monetary prizes will also be awarded to top-scoring teams at the end of the competition.


Participants’ hometowns

Participants’ Universities


Toronto Metropolitan University, University of British Columbia, Dalhousie University, McMaster University, Queen’s University, University of Alberta, University of Saskatchewan, University of Manitoba, York University, McGill, University, University of Guelph


Lutsk National Technical University, Vinnytsia National Technical University, Zaporizhia National University, Kyiv National University of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, East Ukrainian National University, Pryazovskyi State Technical University, Lutsk National Technical University, Lviv Polytechnic National University, Kyiv National University of Construction and Architecture, National Technical University of Ukraine, Kharkiv State Academy of Design and Fine Arts, Kharkiv National University of Urban Economy, О. М. Beketov National University of Urban Economy


Kira Dzulynsky (Project Lead)
Zoriana Wankiewicz (Team Coordinator)
Emmy Lebed (Media Lead)
Cassandra Yacynowych (Outreach Coordinator)
Oleksii Zalipa (Finance Lead)
Solomiia Horbatso (Research Lead)
Sofia Tarandushka (Event Coordinator)

Student Testimonials

Taryn Plater
Masters of Community and Regional Planning

As a planning student with Ukrainian-Canadian heritage, I was drawn to this competition as a way to apply my training to an important real-world planning challenge. Having continuously leveraged my arts background to support fundraising efforts since the full-scale invasion began, I am pleased to now have the opportunity to apply my planning skill set to imagine the future of Mariupol’s Prymorskyi district alongside a wonderful and creative team.

Vladyslav Uhrovatyi
Pryazovski State Technical University

At the moment I am working in my hometown, Mariupol. I joined the project because I want to gain experience in working with a team and work as an architect, to check what I am capable of at the moment and learn from it. In the project, I like the provision of information to students and the opportunities that are provided.

Neil Roy Choudhury
Bachelor of Arts – Major in Planning

I have joined this project to learn more about Ukrainian culture, heritage, & city planning, to experience working on an international team of urban planners & architects, and to hopefully help rebuild this great city. I am enjoying learning about the history of Nova Kakhovka and the cultural, economic, political, and environmental significance of this beautiful place. I hope to continue to learn and create a final product that reflects the significance of Nova Kakhovka.

Gabriella Dunn
Bachelor of Arts in Urban Planning

I joined this project to connect procedural planning with planning that provides a meaningful contribution to the community. I also wanted to learn more about international perspectives on urban planning and design.

Preliminary Submissions