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Happy, Healthy Chernobyl

In recent times, the understanding of how natural systems can be orchestrated to slowly adapt these spaces has made great advances. Simultaneously these spaces are more and more seen not merely as 'no-go zones' but as places of our shared cultural heritage that can be perceived as places of reflection, lessons learned, and opportunities for reinterpretation.

Chernobyl is perhaps THE example of a lost landscape. In the past decades, the landscapes have been managed and danger zones have been caped. How could we 'design' a series of cultural landscape evolutions that allow for visitors, adaptation, and cultural engagement? Could these spaces be test sites for new nature hybrids? Could these places permit installations that speak to the legacies they represent? What forms of co-habitation [plant, animal and human] could now take place in such areas?

The workshop was based in Kyiv from July 21-28. During the week, participants together with curators visited the Chernobyl site and studied the new ways of thinking about nature, new models of cultural representation, and new concepts of learning on the case of Chornobyl.

It was led by Peter Veenstra of LOLA Landscape, Jason Hilgefort of LCC, and Julian Andres Restrepo Molina of TALLER; and co-hosted by the Aformal Academy, CANactions School for Urban Studies, and Urban Curators. The results will be documented and shared in an open source publication that will lead to further research in the area.

Presentation of the results of the workshop "Happy, Healthy Chornobyl"
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