CITIES UNDER SIEGE: KYIV AND ODESA—Place, Urban Design, and Reconstruction

Two of the most important cities in Ukraine— Kyiv and Odesa—are currently under attack. Matthew Bell, FAIA presents historic analysis, and leads discussion of the principal architecture and urban design features of these cities with particular focus on the rebuilding of Kyiv after World War II.

This event is limited to 60 attendees.

Presented by:

Matt Bell, FAIA

Matthew Bell, FAIA—Principal, Perkins Eastman & Professor, University of Maryland

Matthew Bell, FAIA is Professor of Architecture at the University of Maryland and Principal at Perkins Eastman in Washington, DC.  His recent projects include: Dunbar High School (DC); the new Dining Commons at Catholic University; Cleveland Park Library (DC); Collection 14 (DC); campus master plans for GW and American University and master plans for McMillan (DC), Barcroft (VA) and RIA (DC). 

Bell is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and the Congress for the New Urbanism.  He currently serves on the Historic Preservation Review Board in Washington, DC and has degrees in Architecture and Urban Design from the University of Notre Dame and Cornell University.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about the historic urban form of two important Ukrainian cities and how the form is experienced today;
  • Understand the impact of large catastrophic events on cities and diverse strategies for reconstruction and rebuilding;
  • Review how those strategies may be applicable to the present day as those cities are attacked in the current war;
  • Gain insight into the relationship between the desire to memorialize the image of the city while advancing improvements made possible by tragic and catastrophic events.