Ukraine Magazine Interviews Matthew Bell about Post-War Urban Planning and Reconstruction

Matthew Bell

The Ukraine publication Pragmatika sat down with Perkins Eastman Principal Matthew Bell, a fellow of the American Institute of Architects and the Congress for New Urbanism, to discuss ideas about how the country’s leaders, working with the world’s foremost architects and urban planners, can start thinking about how to rebuild their cities in the wake of Russia’s aggression. In this lengthy Q+A, Bell discusses the history of this practice, going back to the rebuilding of Ukraine and Poland after World War II and similar efforts after natural disasters. Bell offers a nuanced examination of approaching these massive efforts, balancing the desire to repair historic buildings with the promise of improving upon them with more contemporary urban plans and design. You can read the full, translated article here.