Emergency Art Shelter is a place designed to provide housing and studios for artists, musicians, architects, and other creators, who lost the opportunity to work in the times of war.

Taking as its reference the format of art residencies, the project will primarily focus on providing participants with the necessary conditions for recovery and recreation, as well as helping to return to the pre-war workflow.

MOCA NGO + FORMA

ON SITUATION IN UKRAINE

On February 24, russia started a full-scale war against Ukraine and all of Europe.
Since then, the russian army is bombing Ukrainian cities and villages daily, destroying both civilian and military infrastructure. Meanwhile, russian president vladimir putin is terrorizing the world with nuclear weapons.

Every day dozens of innocent people are killed or injured in Ukraine.

Artists and cultural workers are no exception. They have a right to live, be safe and continue their work.

Destroyed artists studios in Kyiv. 2022

IDEA AND GOALS

The ammunition for the soldier is a tool for protection, the dugout is a shelter. The artist’s ammunition is their space for creativity, the weapon is their work. Thousands of artists from different parts of Ukraine had to leave their studios and homes by threatening their lives. They still carry their weapon, but fighting in the war against the occupiers without a secure place to be and work is meaningless, as well as sending the fighter into battle without a bulletproof vest.

Our goal is to protect artists behind the walls and bring their ammunition back. Our goal is to unite them in safe shelters in Ukraine and provide with the necessary conditions for work. The international media platforms are also a battlefield, and art is an important message that can influence the war course.

Outside view
Outside view

CONSTRUCTION DIAGRAM

APARTMENTS

Apartment view
Outside view
Plan

FAQ

Where will the first shelter be located?

The site for the first EAS is located 30 minutes drive by car from Uzhhorod, a city in the western Ukraine, which is at the border with Slovakia and near the border with Hungary.

How many shelters will be provided by the project?

Conceived as a network of shelters in Ukraine, EAS will be implemented in several stages. During the first and the second stage, the shelter near Uzhhorod will be built and scaled to the “cultural settlement” with its own infrastrucscaled infrastructure. Thereafter, it is planned to expand the project by creating shelters in other cities of Ukraine.

Will the shelter be a permanent structure?

The EAS is planned as a fast-constructed building made of prefabricated elements, which will enable long-term use without additional repair costs.
How will the shelter function after the end of the war?
After the end of the war, EAS will continue its activities and program, aimed to systematically support culture in Ukraine.

Why do you need to build a new building if you can use an existing one?
Considering the situation in Ukraine and possible future scenarios, our team foresees the new construction as a much more promising strategy than the use and adaptation of existing buildings. Such an approach will guarantee the most sustainable conditions for the project launched in the insecure situation during the war, including the following:
  • avoiding bureaucracy and insecurity of ownership, which will significantly increase the project implementation time;
  • preventing the intervention in the current physical and social conditions of the city, where the existing infrastructure could be used for military and humanitarian needs, as well as accommodation of temporarily displaced people;
  • providing a scalable infrastructure concerning possible future needs of the EAS network.

THE PROJECT IS CREATED BY

ФОРМА

ФОРМА is an independent office driven by research and experiments in architecture, whose approach is to work at the intersection of the disciplines. In a constant dialogue with specialists in theoretical and practical fields, the studio uses different forms for the projects, which vary from spatial development strategies, master plans, renovation programs, and buildings to books, interfaces, installations, and exhibitions. Dealing with constant changes in ecology, economy, political and social systems allows ФОРМА to think broadly and initiate cooperation for interdisciplinary growth.

formaarchitects.com

MOCA NGO

Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) NGO unites representatives of artistic and expert communities working with contemporary art in Ukraine, systematically develops the sphere, and advocates the necessity to create a new type of museum institution in our country. MOCA NGO, as a professional institution, understands the importance of timely creation of an art archive dedicated to russia’s war against Ukraine since 2014 (and full-scale invasion in 2022), which will become an integral part of the collection of the future Museum of Contemporary Art of Ukraine.

moca.org.ua

PARTNERS

Bettter.Community

Completely self-funded organization and was founded to keep the vibrant Ukrainian creative scene alive and thriving. The goal is to showcase Ukraine’s top creatives in various fields to international media, agencies, associations, public institutions, and many more.
Intellectual co-living for permanent residence and short stays in Irpyn, Ukraine, partly destroyed by russian troops during the war in February, 2022.

community.bettter.us

Stockholm Studios

Intellectual co-living for permanent residence and short stays in Irpyn, Ukraine, partly destroyed by russian troops during the war in February, 2022.

stockholm-studios.com

Tbilisi Architecture Biennial

Tbilisi Architecture Biennial was established in 2017 by Tinatin Gurgenidze, Natia Kalandarishvili, Otar Nemsadze and Gigi Shukakidze. TAB aims to bring together professionals from diverse disciplines united under one topic on a biannual basis. Policy makers, the local public and other stakeholders are presented during the event, initiating and broadening the critical discourse on architectural and urban issues in Tbilisi and beyond.

biennial.ge

Pavilion of culture

The pavilion of culture is a curatorial institution that works on the stage of modern visual art, new music and architecture. This is the middle ground for artistic experimentation, with the help of recent projects and public works.

pavilionofculture.com

MistoDiya NGO

NGO MistoDiya is a collective from Kyiv, Ukraine, which aims to work with different stakeholders such as communities, citizens, the government and experts to work with the city through art, architecture and urban research.

fb.com/mistodiya

Tbilisi Architecture Biennial

Tbilisi Architecture Biennial was established in 2017 by Tinatin Gurgenidze, Natia Kalandarishvili, Otar Nemsadze and Gigi Shukakidze. TAB aims to bring together professionals from diverse disciplines united under one topic on a biannual basis. Policy makers, the local public and other stakeholders are presented during the event, initiating and broadening the critical discourse on architectural and urban issues in Tbilisi and beyond.

biennial.ge

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