Ukraine - the Netherlands Urban Network

lecture → oct 10 '23

Rebuilding war-torn cities

LAB-1, Keizersgracht 19, Eindhoven
Rebuilding cities in the aftermath of conflict and devastation presents significant challenges, but also unique opportunities for transformation and renewal. This evening, experts will share their views and experiences of post-war reconstruction and reform, with a particular focus on the situation in Ukraine.
Our three guests, exploring this topic tonight are Oleksandra Tkachenko, an urban planner at KuiperCompagnons and coordinator of the Ukraine Netherlands Urban Network (UNUN), Paul Groenendijk, a researcher and publicist and Fulco Treffers, an urban planner, architect, and project manager at 12N Urban Matters, co-founder of Ro3kvit, an urban coalition for Ukraine. The discussion will be moderated by Jan Willem Wesselink (NPO Radio 1).
The war in Ukraine continues to affect people living in the country's cities. But amid the destruction and ongoing conflict, the country is determined to rebuild its cities and restore its cultural heritage. Throughout history and around the world, there are numerous examples of cities that have been rebuilt after war, some almost completely. What happens when a city is rebuilt from the ground up, and what geopolitical and economic realities do its citizens face?

Exploring post-war cities that have undergone remarkable transformations after periods of war and destruction, such as Rotterdam in the Netherlands, allows us to delve into the intricacies, strategies, and lessons learned from the rebuilding process.

This discussion is organized in collaboration with the Bouwkunde Bedrijvendagen -- a series of events taking place at TU/e from October 3 to 11, aimed at bringing students closer to the professional field of their interest.