The project brings together views of academics, museum, library, and archival workers, journalists, writers, artists, photographers, and experts in other fields on the destruction, preservation, and rethinking of urban cultural heritage in Ukraine – particularly on the developments provoked by Russia's ongoing military aggression. The project is an open network connecting mainly scholars and students from Ukrainian universities. They are cooperating closely to fashion new approaches to cultural heritage and help ensure Ukraine’s sustainable development in the future.
Cities are hubs of innovation and cultural and ethnic interaction on which the development of society as a whole has come to depend during the industrial and, even more so, post-industrial era. Project CityFace is an interdisciplinary study of the symbolic space of Ukrainian cities, aiming to reveal their ‘faces’ and analyze the transformations of their inhabitants’ identities over time. The following urban centers have been selected for study: Dnipro, Donetsk, Zaporizhia, Odesa, and Kharkiv.