architect Norman Foster proposes to “immediately” rebuild Kharkiv

On Monday, the 86-year-old Britishman chatted with Igor Terekhov, the mayor of Ukraine’s second city, which has lost 25% of its structures since the Russian invasion.

Norman Foster, the British architect best known for rebuilding Germany’s Reichstag Palace and constructing London’s Millennium Bridge, has offered to assist with the reconstruction of Kharkiv, which was partially devastated by the Russian invasion.

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Norman Foster, the 86-year-old architect, chatted with Igor Terekhov, the mayor of Ukraine’s second-largest city in the east, by videoconference on Monday, according to his Foundation. Mr. Foster provided him with a proposal to reconstruct his city, which is noted for its Art Nouveau architecture and has lost a fourth of its buildings since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24.

The city of Kharkiv, located close the Russian border, was the scene of fierce fighting at the commencement of the Russian onslaught, but it remained within Ukrainian control. Mr. Foster stated that he wants to “bring together the brightest minds with the best talents in the world in terms of planning, architecture, design, and engineering” to begin working “immediately” to allow “the rebirth of Kharkiv.”

The first stage, he said, would be to create a blueprint for a “future city” that “would mix the most valuable and venerated past with the most attractive and environmentally friendly infrastructure and buildings.” Igor Terekhov told Norman Foster in Russian, “have seen (son) work and truly want to see this fresh, innovative design in our city,” according to video clips released by city officials on Wednesday.

“I want us to create a city core that becomes one of Europe’s strong points,” the mayor added. According to him, around a quarter of the city’s structures have been damaged, and Kharkiv requires new hospitals, schools, and kindergartens, as well as offices for its thriving IT sector. All of these structures should have bomb shelters, he added, adding that residential buildings should also have subterranean parking lots that can be transformed into shelters in the event of an emergency.

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