27-29th May 2024
Hello, I’m Sofia Bondar, a Ukrainian architect with over six years of experience in urban planning and landscape architecture. I work on city and private development projects worldwide, with a focus on creating public spaces that enhance people's quality of life. I believe that urban planning is one of the most potent tools to make cities more comfortable and safe for their inhabitants.
Since the full-scale invasion by Russia, Ukrainian cities had to adapt to the reality of living in a war zone. Concrete blocks, anti-tank hedgehogs, barbed wires, and fences started appearing throughout the cities as defense structures. With a team of cultural enthusiasts, I started working on the "Anti-tank obstacle hedgehog - Kyiv defender”. Our goal was to revise the idea of defense objects such as anti-tank hedgehogs and give them new functions without losing their ability to deploy city defense quickly. This project has become a testament to the power of Ukrainian culture, even in the most challenging war conditions.
You can find more information about my projects on my Behance page: https://www.behance.net/sofiabondar.
I'm excited to share my experiences and insights with other professionals in urban planning and architecture at the re:publica conference.