The Green Line Project is being developed by the order of the German Society for International Cooperation GIZ with support from the Department of Architecture and Urban Studies of the Lviv City Council.
From inception of the idea and to this day. The first route tracking was made in May 2018 and was initiated by the team of the Lviv office of the Project titled Integrated Urban Development in Ukraine. Cees Donkers, an urban designer from Eindhoven, participated in it. Group 109 joined the Project in summer 2019 at the stage of analyzing the city context and developing the route hypothesis. Since then the Kyiv CANactions School for Urban Studies has conducted a workshop with the assistance of UFO advisors from India and international experts. Series of meetings with the interested parties and participatory events with the users-to-be also has taken place. According to the analysis and the results of the discussions the first site for a more detailed working-out has been selected.
1. The stages of development and working out of the idea
The Green Line is potentially one of the “branches” of the city’s green network, which will enhance its mobility, create additional access to the green spaces, and motivate the citizens for an active lifestyle. This route does not duplicate, nor cancel the planned development of the cycling infrastructure of the city, but suggests an alternative “mixed” route with various options for using the space by pedestrians, cyclists and users of alternative modes of non-motorized transportation.
2. Main and alternative ways of laying Green Line and the city magnets, forming the route
The project is aimed at creating options for users with different levels of mobility and with various motivations for using this route, meeting both their everyday and weekend needs.
The analysis of the city context and the hypothesis of the route:
The Green Line is a dynamic public space, the functions of which can be generally subdivided into the following:
- City connection: The Green Line connects not only the Sykhiv Disctrict with the center of the city of Lviv, but forms numerous local connections, for example, the connections between the Ukrainian Catholic University buildings, enhancing the public transport infrastructure.
- City walking: The Green Line crosses various spaces and has different functional zones and cultural extraneous features and strata of the city. Moreover, this project envisages the creation of additional functions and spaces along the route, for example, sports or play grounds. Consequently, the Green Line can become a route for active pastime.
- Suburban walking: the Green Line has a potential to trigger off the development of the suburban cycling route, for example, along the bed of the river Zubra or in the direction of the Vynnyky forest.
The Green Line Project envisages the arrangement of the cycling-and-walking route with the length of approximately 8 kms that will connect the Sykhiv residential district with a range of public facilities, institutions and public spaces with the center of the city of Lviv.
3. The Concept of the Route: What is the Green Line?
The route is subdivided into segments according to the lay of the land, functional zoning of the territory, and the location of the industries and institutions. Initially, the idea was outlined for the whole of Green line, however on the following stages each segment should be considered separately.
The Green Line General Concept:
Arrangement of the Green Line with the minimal intervention into the lay of the land, and its all-out preservation.
Based on the analysis and discussions with the interested parties, the first site for the demonstration arrangement was selected.
It is a territory next to the Sykhiv forest park. The next stage will consist in the developing and discussing the scheme design for this area.
The future development of the Green Line will require attracting more users, designers and initiatives.