This morning, Dutch structure and concrete design observe MVRDV launched a assertion denouncing the violence that has erupted on European soil after Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. The Rotterdam-based agency additionally expressed its solidarity with all of those that are “defying and protesting in opposition to this battle.”
“Our heartfelt sympathy and ideas are with the individuals of Ukraine,” reads the assertion, which is shared in full beneath.
The agency goes on to state that its tasks in Ukraine have been “placed on maintain by the atrocities” and that its work in Russia has additionally been halted “till additional discover.” The transfer comes as Europe and the USA proceed a coordinated effort to isolate and punish Russia for its unlawful acts of aggression in opposition to Ukraine and its individuals. MVRDV is the primary main European architectural agency working in Russia to launch such an announcement to AN’s information. As a nation, the Netherlands has closed its airspace to Russia and introduced that it’ll ship very important navy support to Ukraine, together with anti-tank methods and air protection rockets. Main anti-war demonstrations have additionally been staged throughout the nation in latest days, together with in Amsterdam, Nijmegan, and a metropolis that’s been on the tip of many tongues as of late, The Hague.
Per MVRDV, one under-construction Russian challenge is the agency’s mixed-use RED7 challenge in Moscow, developed by GK Osnova. Though MVRDV has designed and grasp deliberate quite a few tasks in Russia, no others other than RED7 seem to have advanced previous the competitors/design section but per the agency’s web site.
Nonetheless, AN reached out to MVRDV for clarification relating to the stopped tasks in each international locations and discovered from a spokesperson that the agency is concerned with a complete of six further tasks of assorted sorts, together with large-scale renovations and concrete grasp plans, in Russia and Ukraine that can’t be totally publicly introduced at this level. Two of the unnamed, MVRDV-helmed Russian tasks are in Moscow, one is in Saint Petersburg, and one is within the southern Russian metropolis of Krasnodar. Two of the six undisclosed tasks, together with a non-public residence and concrete grasp plan, are within the Ukrainian capital metropolis of Kyiv.
AN will replace this text with any new particulars about these tasks if and when extra data involves mild.
MVRDV’s assertion on the battle in Ukraine in full reads:
Till just lately, we walked the streets that are actually a battle zone. Our heartfelt sympathy and ideas are with the individuals of Ukraine. We’re desirous about our associates, companions, and purchasers which might be at risk at this second. We assist our colleagues who’re nervous about their nation and their family members.
We stand in solidarity with all of the people who find themselves defying and protesting in opposition to this battle, and we strongly condemn the violence. As architects and urbanists, we work in lots of international locations to make a distinction and we consider wholeheartedly in worldwide dialogue and in peace. For that reason, we have now instantly stopped our involvement in tasks in Russia till additional discover.
As a observe, we’re affected twofold. Our tasks in Ukraine have sadly been placed on maintain by the atrocities. Proper after the beginning of the invasion, we started contacting our Ukrainian associates and companions in assist and we attempt to stay in contact. They’re courageous and they’re experiencing unbelievable hardship. Now we have stopped our Russian tasks, although this implies we have now to cease collaborating with individuals we have now recognized for years, and who’re devoted to bringing a extra collaborative worldwide outlook to Russia.