NEWS RELEASE - 24 Jan 2024

The New European Bauhaus inspires innovative reconstruction in Ukraine

On the 18th of January 2024, the award-winning Japanese architect Mr Shigeru Ban and the city architect Mr Anton Kolomieitsev held a presentation on the “Lviv Hospital Project”.

Since the start of the war in Ukraine, the creative sector and the New European Bauhaus (NEB) partners have actively contributed to address the ongoing emergency. Ukraine was the starting point for thinking about reconstruction that would preserve a feeling of identity and belonging anchored in the local culture while guiding the nation into a more sustainable and inclusive future.

During a recent speech in Rome, the President of the Commission emphasised the commitment to reconstruct Ukraine, stating: “We will reconstruct Ukraine. It is not only in our interest, but it is our moral duty. When we do it, let’s do it in the right way. Let’s do it in the spirit of the New European Bauhaus”.

The Japanese architect Shigeru Ban and a local studio AMBK have launched a reconstruction programme in Ukraine which was presented during the online meeting. The initiative includes the expansion of the largest hospital in the city of Lviv, which has been receiving a vast number of patients from the war zone since February 2022.

Shigeru Ban, the 2014 winner of the Pritzker Prize, and Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovyy in Lviv

Aligned with the NEB principles, the project will use cross-laminated timber (CLT) and historical construction techniques from Ukraine. This approach ensures a sustainable, fast, beautiful and cost-effective reconstruction process.

Some partners of Eyes Hearts Hands had the opportunity to attend the presentation, gaining insights into how the NEB framework aligns with EU policies. This collaborative effort represents a significant step forward in rebuilding Ukraine with a focus on sustainability, inclusivity and cultural preservation, reflecting the core principles of the New European Bauhaus.

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