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During the Russian invasion, the city of Kharkiv suffered extensive damage, with housing, hospitals, schools, cultural institutions and historic buildings being completely destroyed. At the 2nd United Nations Forum of Mayors in Geneva, mayor Ihor Terekhov shared with Norman Foster, founder of leading studio Foster + Partners, his vision for the rehabilitation of Ukraine’s second-largest city, its buildings and its infrastructure.
During the meeting, Norman Foster shared a manifesto highlighting his commitment to the city’s reconstruction. “I undertake to assemble the best minds with the best planning, architectural, design, and engineering skills in the world to bear on the rebirth of the city of Kharkiv. In the spirit of combining a planetary awareness with local action, I would seek to bring together the top Ukrainian talents with worldwide expertise and advice.” [Read more].
From Dezeen – Pritzker Prize-winning architect Shigeru Ban has installed his Paper Partition System across temporary shelters in Europe that are housing Ukrainians fleeing the Russian invasion. Installed by Ban with the Voluntary Architects’ Network non-governmental organisation (NGO), which he founded in 1995, the modular system offers privacy to people seeking refuge in the hastily constructed refugee centres. Read more…
From Dezeen:“We want to make a strong statement and stay in Ukraine” say Kharkiv Architecture School principals. In an exclusive interview, Matsevko and the school’s co-founder Oleg Drozdov explained how they are rebuilding the Kharkiv Architecture School within Ukraine while creating temporary housing for other displaced people.
Forced to flee her country, fashion designer Irina Dzhus supports Ukrainian charities with an impromptu collection developed from garments salvaged from a single emergency suitcase.
“It was only possible to bring as many outfits as would fit in one luggage piece, so the hard choice was made immediately – and a small Spring Summer 2022 drop was given a chance.” The designer created an ethical, cruelty-free fashion collection from the evacuated garments to donate 30-50% of sales profits to the Ukrainian army and animal shelters, especially now that many pets are abandoned. “The rest of the funds will be used to maintain the brand’s activity.” Read more…
Austrian magazine Der Spiegel interviews architect Wolf D. Prix of Coop Himmelb(l)au studio who defended his decision to continue to work in Russia desire the ongoing war in Ukraine. “I am not a moralist.” Said Prix. “I am not building for Putin but for the people. I’m not glorifying anyone who acts in an authoritarian way,” he continues. “Once and for all: architecture is art and art knows no sanctions or borders.”
The practice creates gigantic structures for the Russian government, including an opera house in Crimea which was annexed by Russia in 2014 and the SCA Arena in Saint Petersburg. It won’t halt ongoing projects in the country as other studios including Zaha Hadid Architects, Herzog & de Meuron and Fosters + Partners did.
Design Miami/ launched Design for Ukraine, a multi-part initiative dedicated to raising urgently needed funds for the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. The first phase of the project begins this month in partnership with lighting brand Bocci, to support GlobalGiving’s efforts on the ground in Ukraine following Russia’s recent invasion. Design Miami/ will use its platform to raise funds to aid Ukrainians suffering in the wake of the ongoing invasion. Between March and June 2022, this multiphase effort will bring together donated design objects in charitable online sales at designmiami.com.
Already, millions are caught in the middle of an escalating humanitarian crisis with no end insight. The response from the international community has been swift, damning, and clear—from mass protests and government sanctions to businesses shuttering operations in Russia and citizens opening up their homes to the forcibly displaced.
FAINA provides a platform for modern Ukrainian design will join DesignMiami/ Basel 2022. For Design Miami/ Basel, Opened in Antwerp in 2021, the studio presents an exploration of a childhood memory by designer and FAINA founder Victoria Yakusha. The pieces reflect on the capricious and resilient character of a seemingly domesticated, yet wild at heart, creature — the goat. In line with her philosophy of live design, the primitive, archetypal themes rekindle humankind’s primal connection to earth. The goat-like benches and stools are made in FAINA‘s signature material ‘ztista’ — a fully sustainable blend conceived to one day return to nature. The hand-sculpted textures endow the design pieces with a living, animistic presence. A 2.5-meter tapestry, wool woven by hand on an ancient Carpathian loom, adorns the installation.
Kyiv practice Balbek Bureau has analysed refugee settlements around the world to develop a blueprint for a modular village that could provide emergency shelter for people made homeless during the war in Ukraine. The housing scheme, dubbed Re:Ukraine, is based on a standardised timber-framed box that can be fitted with different interiors to form living quarters and communal kitchens, bathrooms and public spaces.
The RE:Ukraine town system can be scaled-up starting from four different types of 6.6 m x 3.3 m timber-framed boxes that can be quickly assembled according to the emergency and the number of refugees: private rooms with different planning options, communal spaces for cooking, common recreation area and sanitary spaces such as bathrooms, laundry, baby care rooms. According to preliminary estimates, the cost of the project is about $ 350-550/sqm. [Read more].
A message from Antwerp-based Faina Design which will join DesignBasel 2022 in June bringing forward the Ukrainian cause.
Culture is the foundation of every nation. Its soil. Its highest power. Throughout history, Russians chiseled at Ukrainian identity, tried to appropriate our cultural heritage and substitute it with Russian alternatives. Today, Russia attempts another crime of “cultural cleansing”. Russians want to erase the Ukrainian nation, our collective history and identity — barbarically destroying objects of heritage and cultural institutions. FAINA’s mission has always been to pass on the history of our ancestors. From this moment, we will donate part of the funds from every order to preserve Ukrainian cultural heritage — to secure the safety of museum collections and to support cultural venues affected by the war. You are also welcome to donate directly. Contact us in dm and we will connect you with the Ukrainian cultural institution in need at the moment.
Conservation group Docomomo and UNESCO have said they are “deeply concerned” about the destruction of heritage buildings in Ukraine following the invasion by Russia. In a post written from the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, an unnamed member of international conservation group Docomomo explained how the Kyi buildings were being destroyed as Russian troops occupy the city. “This is not only a humanitarian catastrophe, not only a war crime, but also the barbaric destruction of architectural heritage of Ukrainian cities, our memory and culture,” the Docomomo post said.
French artist JR crossed the Polish border bringing with him a massive mural depicting Valeriia, a five-year-old Ukrainian refugee. Upon his arrival, he was joined by more than 100 residents of the city of Lviv in a processional march and art performance outside the national opera. “This little girl is the future and, in this war, she reminds us what Ukrainians are fighting for.” Said the artist.
Ukrainian designer Yova Yager shared this moving image of a pop-up installation in the city of Lviv. 109 empty cradles populate a square to remember the 109 children who died under the Russian attack. 130 children have been injured so far, on the 23rd day of the war.
At a press conference in Milan Salone del Mobile.Milano 2022 unveiled the fairs’ highlights. Buyers from Russia – hit by sanctions and travel bans due to the Ukrainian war – won’t be able to join the world’s most important design event. Russia is a very important market for the design industry both in Italy and globally. Organisers also confirm that no exhibitors from Ukraine will join the fair so far.
“Salone del Mobile has always been a place of dialogue and construction. Now, we are as shocked as everyone else by the war in Ukraine and believe even more in the importance of being a crossroads of cultures and styles open to the world.” Says the fair’s president Maria Porro. Read more…
Polish designer Marcin Rusak has organized an auction of design objects to support displaced Ukrainian refugees. Along with contributing work from his own studio, the designer has also brought together more than 50 design talents from all over the world, including Bethan Laura Wood, Egg Collective, Martino Gamper, Simone Bodmer Turner, Studio Drift, and many more. The auction is entirely digital, hosted on Rusak’s Instagram account, through March 31. To bid, you simply comment or direct message your max price for an item. Proceeds will benefit the Polish NGO Fundacja Ocalenie. [Read more]
Planet Ukraine is the name of the Ukrainian Pavilion announced today by the Milan Triennale. “War won’t stop dialogue at the International Triennial Exhibition.” Said Stefano Boeri at a press conference. Plante Ukraine will be a platform of talks and exhibitions involving some of the country’s most influential minds including filmmaker Ilya Khrzhanovsky, philosopher Mihail Mirakov, curator Katia Kabalina, scientist and politician Katerina Pischickova, journalist Anna Zafesova, artist Yevgenia Belorusets, historian Konstantin Sigov, pianist Antonii Baryshevskyi, pianista, Program Director Open Opera Ukraine Anna Gadetska, Albert Saprykin, Co-Founder& Head Kyiv Contemporary Music Days, and more…
Opposite Office redesigns Nord Stream 2, the landing station of the Russia-to-Germany Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline now halted due to the war in Ukraine, as UN for ordinary people. The repurposed venue would become a centre for international understanding, which also features a capsule hotel made from pipes. [Read more]
20.000 of people gathered in the Italian city of Florence to show their support for Ukraine. The square outside the Santa Croce basilica became a sea of rainbow peace flags peppered with blue and yellow, the colours of Ukraine’s national flag. Florence is twin city with Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital.
In an address shown on a big screen, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told the crowd his country was under bombardment “24 hours a day“, targeting schools, hospitals and residential areas, “even churches, even squares like yours“. Zelensky reminded that 79 children had been killed in the conflict so far, “Europe must not forget“.
The Sultan Suleiman Mosque, sheltering more than 80 people in besieged Mariupol, has been bombed by the Russian military, according to the Ukrainian government. Mariupol has seen some of the greatest misery from the invasion as unceasing barrages have thwarted repeated attempts to bring in food and water and to evacuate trapped civilians. The ongoing bombardment forced crews to stop digging trenches for mass graves, so the “dead aren’t even being buried,” the mayor said.
The mosque shelling is the first attack on a religious building reported so far but also the nth proof that the Russian are targeting civilians. Earlier this week a maternity hospital was heavily bombed forcing surviving pregnant women and children to flee in desperate conditions.
Ukrainian design studio Faina Design invites to support Ukrainians to “fight and save our free and peaceful home.”
La Biennale di Venezia announced the fate of the Russia and Ukraine Pavilions. The first will remain close as the curator and the artists stepped down while the latter announced it would be there presenting artworks that have been rescued from shelling.
The Pantone Color Institute has shown support for Ukraine via a social media image with a shade of blue and yellow, both the colours of the Ukrainian flag. The colours were labelled Freedom Blue and Energising Yellow. Along them was a picture of two sunflowers against a blue sky. At the same time, Pantone’s parent company, Danaher, has committed US$1 million to Global Giving, Save the Children and International Rescue Committee in response to the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Ukraine.
Dezeen reports that UK studio Foster + Partners and Swiss studio Herzog & de Meuron are the latest major practices to withdraw from projects in Russia following the country’s invasion of Ukraine. Read more…
- Dezeen: Studios and designers including Olafur Eliasson and Pentagram are sharing illustrations to show support for Ukraine following the invasion by Russia. We’ve rounded up 10 of the most striking. Read more.
Architect Janna Kiseleva, founder of JK Lab Architects in the port city of Odessa, has been posting on Instagram giving advice to Ukranians on how to identify safe spaces to shelter during attacks. [Video]
As a means of helping individual Ukrainian citizens directly, members of the public have begun to book Airbnb rentals in Kyiv, knowing that they will, of course, not be staying. this way, money will be given to residents who are remaining in the country and facing extreme financial hardship in the wake of the devastating Russian invasion.
Global furniture manufacturer IKEA has decided to temporarily pause operations in Russia and Belarus, including export and import, retail, and industrial production. The company has 17 stores in Russia, which is the Swedish company’s 10th largest retail market. Ingka Group and Inter IKEA Group are initially granting €10 million each to provide support in products and other assistance to refugees while the IKEA Foundation announced an immediate donation of €20 million for humanitarian aid.
José Luis Cortés, President of the International Union of Architects (UIA) that represents global architects in over 100 countries: “The architectural community is fighting for a cleaner and better planet. We are distressed that the war is doing the opposite. We must stay focused on endowing a better world to future generations.”
In a letter to Cortés, Oleksandr Chyzhevsky, President of the National Union of Architects of Ukraine (CANY), demanded that Russia be expelled from the international non-governmental organisation. “Those who do not condemn Russia’s actions support them,” said Chyzhevsky. “They support a crime against all mankind, incompatible with UIA’s humanitarian goals.”
Architecture magazine Project Russia published online an open letter signed by over 6.500 professionals Molly based in Russia. “We, the architects and urban planners of Russia consider the invasion of Russian troops on the territory of Ukraine unacceptable. […] the war devalues the very essence of the activity of an architect and urban planner, no matter what country they are.” Dezeen reports.
“My decision not to use any music in the show was made as a sign of respect towards the people involved in the unfolding tragedy of Ukraine,” said Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani. He presented the Armani Fall Winter 2022-23 collection with a silent catwalk.
Meanwhile, Nato, western countries and their allies condemned the invasion with heavy economic sanctions deployed to destabilise the Russian economy. The Ruble lost 30% of its value in just a few days. Russia became isolated from some of its major business partners, companies, and investors in the US and Europe and Australia, Japan, South Korea, and Latin America.
In the first days of the invasion, the Russian army attacked airports and strategic places to defeat Ukrainian soldiers and swiftly take the country. In the capital, Kyiv, many residential buildings and public spaces have been bombed as well, with people either fleeing or finding shelter in basements. Ukrainians are fighting hard, proving not to be the easy conquest Putin expected.
From New York to Berlin and Tel Aviv and Sidney, people gathered in squares to condemn the attack. And monuments across the globe were lit with the blue and yellow colours of the Ukrainian flag. Protests arose in Russia as well, with thousands of activists being arrested.
At 4 am, Russia invaded Ukraine. After weeks of preparation within the Russian and Belarusian territories, an army of nearly 200.000 men equipped with ultimate weaponry and tanks crossed the border despite diplomatic efforts to prevent the attack. Archipanic collected the first reactions of Ukrainian architects and designers. Read more…
- Russian President Vladimir Putin defined the attack as a “special military operation,” a so-called ‘due act’ aiming to protect eastern pro-Russian Ukrainian provinces. According to Putin, their local Russian communities were victims of a “Nazi regime.”
- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy – and the NATO alliance – condemned the Russian invasion as a real and unjustified war against a country Putin doesn’t recognise as such. Ukraine and its allies refuse the ‘Nazi regime’ fake theory and propaganda, being Ukraine a sovereign democracy.
On the first day of the Russian invasion, more than 160 missiles were fired, with 57 people killed and 169 wounded. “World speak up! Stand for Ukraine!” is the call of Kyiv-based studio Faina Design. “Every Ukrainian soul is fighting now,” added Yova Yager.