UKRAINE. ARCHITECTURES OF EMERGENCY is an exhibition showcasing the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, tracing back to Russia's invasion in 2022. It will take place from May 2 to 24, 2023, in the FOYER of the SG building at EPFL.

UKRAINE. ARCHITECTURES OF EMERGENCY explores the spatial situations that have developed due to the emergency response, shedding light on the different scales and states of the conflict. From a spatial reading, the exhibition analyzes the ecological damage of war, the protocols of emergency, and the impact on the built environment. Here, the mass residential buildings, known as panelka buildings, have become a central metaphor for the fragility of the state's construction. In this way, the exhibition highlights various modes of built environment reconfigurations, considering both material and social aspects. Recognizing the indefinite state of the conflict, the show is a process of research and approach to a situation in constant redefinition, integrating diverse Ukrainian architects and researchers who have been developing practices in this exceptional situation.

The exhibition is open from May 2 to 24 but the official opening event will take place on May 9 (time to be confirmed). A presentation of collaborators, with a discussion on reconstruction and reconfiguration will take place on May 16 (time to be confirmed).

UKRAINE.ARCHITECTURES OF EMERGENCY [BUNKERS], is a satellite of the main exhibition and is part of the AUX ABRIS exhibition organized by the ITAP 2084 association. The exhibition will take place from April 27 to June 8, 2023, in the civil protection shelter of the former post office of the Lausanne train station.

The AUX ABRIS exhibition invites reflection on underground spaces' history, uses, and futures, exploring their constructions and recreational/coercive purposes while considering their potential as shared spaces. Within it, UKRAINE. ARCHITECTURES OF EMERGENCY [BUNKERS] gives a current perspective on their use in Ukraine. The exhibition traces the construction of protective spaces during the Cold War, their activation through protocols for action, the various uses during the actual large-scale invasion, and the questioning of reconstruction at a time when they have become central to the daily life of an entire population.
! Attention, the exhibition shows sensitive images of an ongoing war !


The main exhibition will take place from May 2 to 24, 2023, in the FOYER of the SG building at EPFL. Free admission.

Exhibition opening hours
May 2 - May 24, 2023
Monday - Friday: 08:00 - 18:00
Saturday - Sunday: open to EPFL community

May 9 (time to be confirmed)

(Presentations of collaborators, discussion on Reconstruction/Reconfiguration)
May 16 (time to be confirmed)

The satellite exhibition is part of the AUX ABRIS ( exhibition, which is located in the civil protection shelter of the former post office of Lausanne station, accessible by Avenue d'Ouchy 6, 1006 Lausanne. Free admission.

Exhibition opening hours
April 28 - June 8, 2023
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday : Open for visits on request
Thursday : 14:00 - 20:00
Friday : 14:00 - 20:00
Saturday and Sunday : 11:00 - 17:00

April 27, 2023, at 6:30 pm.

Elena Orap
Estefania Mompean Botias
with contributions from Ukrainian researchers and artists.

Ann Lepeshkova, photographer.
Anastasiya Ponomaryova, architect, research fellow at ETH, co-founder CO-HATY, NGO Urban Curators.
Center of Spatial Technologies.
Dasha Podoltseva, visual artist.
Ecodia NGO.
Kateryna Malaia, PhD, Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, University of Utah
Larion Lozovoy, artist and independent researcher.
Mirjam Niemeyer, architect, partner at Helsinki Zurich Architects, lecturer ZHAW, board member zbv, member of Ro3kvit.
Natasha Chichasova, researcher.
Natasha Kozub, architect, member of Ro3kvit.
Nataliia Mysak, architect, researcher, fellow at CASA, ETH Zurich, Spatial Practices Lab/ Lviv.
Oleksandr Burlaka, artist and architect.
Olexiy Pakhomov, architect burø.
Olga Starostina, photographer.
Prof. Dr. Philipp Meuserr, director of Meuser Architekten and the head of DOM publishers
Scan UA, volunteer scanning initiative, independent media founded in 2010.
Ukraine War Archive database of video and audio materials that document the Russian invasion of Ukraine by Docudays UA and Infoscope.

Special thank you to
ALICE lab - Dieter Dietz and the research team Tiphaine Abeina, Julien Lafontaine Carboni, Lucía Jalón Oyarzun, Eloïse Vo, Emmanuelle Agustoni for their support.
Südkulturfonds by Artlink for the support of Ukrainian artists and researchers.

Helping with logistics:
Archizoom team: Cyril Veillon, Roxane Le Grelle, Tanguy Auffret-Postel, Alice Fiorini, Jaime Ruiz
Mounting: Owen Magnier, Louise Chappuis, Manuel Potterat, Ann Lepeshkova
Printing: Espace Montage.
Communication: Sandrine Perroud, Claire Logoz
Apéro: The Institute of Architecture.

Also, thanks to the Association ITAP 2084. Tanguy Caversaccio, Iskander Guetta et Elio Panese. The satellite of the main exhibition takes place in the civil protection shelter and offers an immersive experience in the bunker (Aux Abris). We contributed with an installation about the current usage of shelters in Ukraine.