"Reconstruction": A Series of Publications About the Rebuilding of Ukraine
How can we imagine restructuring when the field is in constant flux? How long will it take before any proposed strategy becomes obsolete? What value can scholars offer when war, destruction, and resistance are still ongoing and no end in sight?
e-flux Architecture has released a series of publications "Reconstruction" based on the reports of the participants of last year's symposium "Reconstruction of Ukraine: Destruction/Representation/Solidarity" and expands on the topic of Ukraine's reconstruction. The project consists of nine essays, each focusing on housing, architecture, culture, trauma, ecology, or justice. It aims to present the experiences of grassroots initiatives that are carrying out vital reconstruction work in vulnerable communities, and seeking to develop ideas and strategies that address the politics, economics, and ethics of reconstruction rooted in the deep structure of Ukrainian society, heritage, and environment. The authors of the project include Polina Baitzym, Ammar Azzouz, Yevheniia Hubkina, Oleksandr Anisimov, Yuliia Yurchuk, Joanna Kusiak, Oleksandr Kravchuk, Simon Johnson, Vladyslav Rashkovan, Luke Cooper, Halyna Sukhomud, and Kateryna Yakovlenko.
We invite you to read and reflect!
The symposium "Rebuilding Ukraine: Destruction/Representation/Solidarity" was held online from September 9 to 11, 2023, in cooperation with the Center for Urban History, Yale University, University College London, as well as the Center for Visual Culture, Center for Urban Studies, "Re-Start Ukraine", and "Urban Forms Center". The aim of the symposium was to become a space to think about the scale and forms of the future architecture of Ukraine (in the broadest sense of the word "architecture"), taking into account its complex context: its vast territory, ethnic, racial, and religious diversity, and long historical memory.
Cover Image: Vitya Glushchenko