Remembering and Rebuilding the Broken
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Cities throughout time have grown, thrived, persisted, and prospered. Equivalently, time and time again, cities have been seized, destroyed, and flattened to an unimaginable state. Yet they rise again. Why? Because a city is more than buildings, and more than all the lives that have passed there. A city has a beating heart and each has been sculpted from its own history and built by its own people. That is why cities rebuild, because there is something there that humans are drawn towards, and history has shown it is not the built environment. On February 24th, 2022, Putin’s army invaded Ukraine, a peaceful and sovereign country. That decision altered Ukraine’s history forever, and the beautiful country will never be the same. Someday, hopefully soon, Ukraine will also find itself facing the decision of how to rebuild. Through this thesis I hope to find the answer to the question: What is the most appropriate way to respond to the destruction of the war in Kharkiv, UA while remaining sensitive to its history and culture?