Ukraine war - Photo by the SAY NOT TO WAR image collection.

Ukraine war – All war photos by the SAY NOT TO WAR image collection. нет войне (No to war) written on an abandoned vehicle in Kharkiv.

Ukraine war – The global architecture community responds to the deadly Russian attack across the country. Indeed, architects’ job and mission are to build a better future while war destroys both the physical space and its purpose.

Ukraine war - Photo by the SAY NOT TO WAR image collection.

Barricades on the streets Zhytomyr.

The International Union of Architects (UIA) strongly condemns the invasion of Ukraine. “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.” Said UIA President José Luis Cortés in a statement.

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 that represents global architects in over 100 countries. “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.”

Ukraine war - Photo by the SAY NOT TO WAR image collection.

View of a civilian building damaged following a Russian rocket attack in Kyiv.

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.

Ukraine war - Photo by the SAY NOT TO WAR image collection.

Morning in Kyiv; smoke rises over the part of Ukraine’s capital situated on the right bank of the Dnipro River.

Zaha Hadid was originally inspired by works of the Russian avant-garde and many of our staff have taught architecture students at universities across the country.” Said Zaha Hadid Architects. “Deeply shocked and saddened” by the situation in Ukraine, the studio announced it “has placed its two ongoing projects in Russia on hold.” Due to the Russian attack, the construction site of the ZHA’s new metro station in the Ukrainian city of Dnipro is on pause.

Dnipro metro station by Zaha Hadid Architects - Photo via IG by @zahahadidarchitects.

Dnipro metro station by Zaha Hadid Architects – Photo via IG by @zahahadidarchitects.

As architects and urbanists, we work in many countries to make a difference and we believe wholeheartedly in international dialogue and peace.” Said the MVRDV in a statement. The Dutch studio stopped its involvement in projects in Russia until further notice – including the Red7 Tower in Moscow. “As a practice, we are affected twofold. Our projects in Ukraine have sadly been put on hold by the atrocities. Right after the start of the invasion, we began contacting our Ukrainian friends and partners in support and we try to remain in touch.”

Silhouette building Moscow - Image by MVRDV.

Red7 Tower, Silhouette building in Moscow – Image by MVRDV.

David Chipperfield Architects suspended all work in Russia as well. “As a practice, we believe in dialogue, openness and engagement; values that are directly opposed to the ongoing war. We call for an immediate end to this human tragedy and our thoughts are with the innocent victims of this unjustified action.”

Photo via Instagram by David Chipperfield Architects @dca.london - courtesy of @turnercontemporary photographed by @samuelkeyte featuring a projection by @projectionsonwalls.

Photo via Instagram by David Chipperfield Architects, @dca.london – courtesy of @turnercontemporary photographed by @samuelkeyte featuring a projection by @projectionsonwalls.

Ukraine war photos: courtesy of the Say No to War image collection.

Ukraine war - Photo by the SAY NOT TO WAR image collection.

Rescue operations in Kharkov.