Announcement: Coffee Lecture “Doors to Ukraine. Housing Initiative: Between Utopia and Reality“

Announcement: Coffee Lecture “Doors to Ukraine. Housing Initiative: Between Utopia and Reality“

On the 1st of February, we are hosting the coffee lecture “Doors to Ukraine. Housing Initiative: Between Utopia and Reality“. Today, housing is primarily viewed as an investment tool, a source of speculation, and a significant instrument of capitalism. This system often leads to forced displacement and overlooks the fundamental need for housing in society. Given the escalating housing crisis due to the Russian war against Ukraine, it's timely to reconsider the concept of housing utopia.

The CO-HATY collective in Ukraine has recognized the urgent need to provide accommodations for those fleeing from war. In response to the full-scale invasion, they have supplied roughly 1,500 affordable beds for mid-term stays. This amount is 75 times more than what the municipality provided before February 24. As of Spring 2022, there are only about 20 state or municipal units available in Ivano-Frankivsk, where this housing initiative began.

This initiative can be viewed from a non-program Utopian perspective, combining immediate action with a long-term strategy for housing policy. So, what potential and energy does this initiative have? What recent achievements and strategic goals does it foresee for the future?

Anastasiya Ponomaryova - an architect, researcher, and co-founder of NGO Urban Curators and CO-HATY initiative. Anastasiya’s academic background includes work at the architectural department of ETH Zürich, in Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and at ETH Zürich gta, Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture. Her current experimental project focuses on integrated, sustainable, and non-profit housing in Ukraine and design ideas for circular architecture.

The lecture is organised as a part of the exhibition "ETH with Ukraine - Exchanging Knowledge for a Sustainable Future".      

📆 February 1, Thursday
🕝 13:00
🏛️ Main building of ETH Zurich, main hall
📍 Rämistrasse 101, 8006 Zürich
🗣️ Language: English
🆓 Entrance free

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