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The students of the Faculty of Architecture, Construction and Design today had a non-trivial day of study, and a kind of excursion into the chosen profession, an inside look at the chosen business and interesting acquaintances.

The representatives of the NGO "Semiarusna Hora" met the students, and they are the designers Bohdan and Anastasiia. By the way, Anastasia Shynkar is a student of the third year of the LNTU majoring in Design. Speakers talked about all the intricacies of urban planning and ways of professional implementation in it.

Oleksandr Andriichuk, dean of FABD, made an opening speech. He emphasized to the first-year students that such events will become traditional for them, because in this way the applicants will be able to hear about the peculiarities of their profession, learn from the experience of senior colleagues, acquire practical skills and successfully implement their own ideas.

So Anastasia started a speech on communication with students, during which they found out what urban planning is. Nastya says, that FABD is closely related to this direction, and that is why she told young people about this science, art in it, urban planners in Ukraine and opportunities for self-realization.

Bohdan added that the NGO "Semyiarusna Gora" is based on three main pillars of activity: it deals with urbanism, promotes self-education and creates a community.

"What is urbanism? This is such a broad science where everyone can find what they want to do," the speakers added.

In general, lecturers say that urban planning includes:

- urban planning (the science of how to build certain structures so that they are safe and comfortable, that is, it is about land use and construction);

- urban design (it's about the beauty of the street, starting from planning the distance between the bins in the park to creating the city as a whole identity);

- urban activism (connection with the urban community, the influence of residents on the development of the city, creating cosiness and comfort in it);

- new urbanism (study of shortcomings and redevelopments in the city, experiments; the trend is aimed at creating comfortable conditions for people);

- urban studies (social, spatial and other studies, on the basis of which effective changes of the city for the better are carried out).

"Urban planning is not just a science, but an interdisciplinary industry, in which various specialists are involved in making the city more comfortable," emphasizes Bohdan and at the same time talks about the implementation of one of the cool urban projects in Lutsk.

It is about the transformation of an abandoned courtyard in the Old part of Lutsk into a public space. Urban planners chose "Hostynnyi dvir" as the object, which is next to the Kosachiv house. Activists carried out spatial research, and studied the most popular routes of people in the Old City, the length of time that citizens or tourists spend there, age category, etc. In addition, a survey was conducted to understand people's needs and requests for spending time in this part of the city.

After that, urban planners together with the BUT camp (volunteer centre Building Ukraine Together) cleaned the yard, cleared it of garbage and thickets, removed the top layer of asphalt, under which they tried to restore the old cobblestone flooring, and landscaped the area. Nowadays, this yard has come to life and has become an open space for holding public events, meetings or actions.

At the same time, the lecturers add, breathing new life into the courtyard, they draw the attention of the citizens and authorities to the building around the courtyard, which has historical value and needs restoration. The aspiration of the activists is to attract several investors who will be able to divide the space of the building among themselves, open a small hotel, cafe, barber shop, etc. there and undertake the reconstruction of these parts of the building, thus jointly creating a bright public space.

Telling about creative ideas, ways of their implementation, the professional realization of designers, builders and architects, the speakers of the meeting called upon students of LNTU to join the cohort of urban planners. They also shared the practices of colleagues from different cities of Ukraine and emphasized that urban planning has no boundaries and is ready to unite talented youth for a common goal.