Monocle on Design

Ukraine's design scene

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24 May 2022

Episode 554

30 minutes


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We look at how the design scene in Ukraine has responded to Russia’s invasion. We find out how the Architecture Council of Europe is supporting the nation’s designers and meet an architectural institution that’s opted to stay in the country despite offers to move abroad. Plus we meet a brand championing Ukrainian heritage and craft, and the Kyiv-based architect, Slava Balbek. 

24 May 2022

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Architects' Council of Europe

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Ruta Leitanaite, president of the Architects Association of Lithuania, and board member of the ACE, explains how the organisation is supporting architects in Ukraine. 

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Kharkiv School of Architecture

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Deputy vice-chancellor Iryna Matsevko shares the challenges that the institution has faced over the past few months.

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Gunia Project

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We meet Natasha Kamenska and Maria Gavryliuk, co-founders of the fashion and design brand.

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Slava Balbek

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The architect and founder of Kyiv-based design studio Balbek Bureau discusses  the impact that the ongoing war has had on his practice, and his hopes for the eventual rebuilding of Ukraine.

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