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