Today is World Refugee Day. These actions by people from the world of architecture and design have helped Ukraine

June 20 is World Refugee Day. Unfortunately, in recent months incl. as a result of the war in Ukraine, Poles have been massively confronted with the problems of immigrants from abroad. The world of architecture and design was not indifferent to this and made a number of gestures of solidarity. We present creative ideas to reach the needy.

The ongoing conflict in Ukraine is primarily the tragedy of hundreds of thousands of families. Ordinary Poles, as well as companies from different sectors of the Polish economy, helped refugees. Also architects and designers.

The National Institute of Architecture and Town Planning, together with the Association of Polish Architects and the Design Institute in Kielce, organized a campaign to help Ukraine’s creative industries. As part of the initiative, a database of people and companies from the widely understood design industry is being created, providing job-search assistance to people affected by the effects of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Since the start of the war, more than 11.6 million Ukrainians have been forced to leave their homes, more than 7 million of whom have remained in Ukraine. Balbek Bureau’s studio in Kiev will create temporary homes for them.

Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city, was badly damaged by the invasion of Russian troops. Norman Foster, a British architect known for projects such as Wembley Stadium, Apple Park in California, Villau Bridge in France and Metropolitan in Warsaw, announced during a meeting with the mayor of Kharkiv that he would help rebuild the city.

Andrzej Pągowski in his latest graphics, Aleksandra Morowiak making a symbolic collage or Martyna Wójcik-Śmierska designing cotillos for self-preparation – the world of designers took an active part and helps the people of Ukraine.

Among the international architecture firms that have declared their cessation of operations in Russia include architectural celebrities such as Zaha Hadid Architects or MVRDV.

On Monday, May 9, children attended the first Ukrainian school established as part of the “We are opening schools” campaign. The school is located in the myhive Mokotów Two office building and the XYstudio studio has adapted the space to the needs of its new role.

In Chełm with a population of 60,000, near the border with Ukraine, an unusual refuge for refugees was created in the Tesco hall. Why unusual? Not only was it built in a short time – within 2 days there was a structure that could accommodate 638 people, but also because … paper was used for its construction. All thanks to the initiative of architect Hubert Trammer, who was inspired by the work of the Pritzker Prize winner – Shiger Ban.

Peter Bankov, Oleg Gryshchenko, Anton Abo, Beata “Barrakuz” Śliwińska and Kosma Masny – incl. the works of these artists can be seen in the Open Air Gallery in Łazienki Królewskie, as well as at AMS stops and city lights in Warsaw. The authors paid tribute to Ukraine in their works.

An art auction was held in March and April to support refugees from Ukraine. All proceeds were supported by the activities of the Ukrainian House, an initiative of the Our Choice Foundation, which has been committed to the Ukrainian minority for years and has become one of the most active crisis shelters in Poland in recent months.

Ceramics studio Ende Keramiek in collaboration with Polish illustrators, incl. with Bolesław Chromry and Beata Rojek, she created a series of plates as a tribute to Ukraine. All proceeds from the sale were used to help refugees.

The works of leading Warsaw architects will be auctioned at a charity auction for Ukraine. Proceeds from the auction will benefit St. Marcin de Porres in Fastov, Ukraine, and help rebuild homes in dilapidated villages in the Kiev region.

The education platform CANactions, founded by Ukrainian architect Viktor Zotov, organized aid to cities from Ukraine, creating international fundraising and promoting job opportunities.

Urban art is extremely sensitive to political and social phenomena. It’s no different this time. In response to the war in Ukraine, Polish muralists picked up brushes in their hands and created various messages in the space of our cities.

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