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RE:Ukraine housing. Pilot project
Vorzel, Ukraine
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Vorzel, Ukraine
construction preparation
16 January 2023
In March, weeks after Russia invaded Ukraine, balbek bureau developed the RE:Ukraine temporary housing system for IDPs who have found refuge within Ukraine. The main task we have set ourselves is to maintain a dignified lifestyle for those uprooted from their homes due to Russian aggression. The system is designed to provide comfortable accommodation and help displaced families restore their sense of home, even if those homes are temporary. 
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On May 18, we presented our RE:Ukraine Housing pilot project intended to be built outside Kyiv. The pilot comprises two residential sections for 15 families: in addition to residential blocks, the first will house the RE:Ukraine site office, while the second will site a coworking for the residents. Our team also plans to arrange an outdoor workshop area for testing construction technologies.

After considering various locations in the Kyiv region, we found a land plot in close proximity to local infrastructure. The pilot project will be located in the infamous district of Bucha, a known site of Russian atrocities which was liberated at the end of March.
The project will provide dignified accommodation for 50 Ukrainians who lost their homes. Displaced families will be accommodated in bright fully-furnished private rooms and apartments, with access to convenient kitchens, bathrooms, laundries, and baby care rooms. Private residential units will be customized to suit various user profiles and life scenarios, while communal lounges and outdoor recreational areas for shared activities promote building ties between residents. 

The pilot will allow our team to get honest feedback from the people we initially created RE:Ukraine for. We also intend to examine selected materials and technologies to determine the best possible option and adjust our system for the upcoming RE:Ukraine settlements. 
Core team
Most of the experts working on RE:Ukraine Housing work at balbek bureau, so the core team members have been in sync with each other for a while. After the pilot project release, we were backed by the local community of the Bucha district. Many residents of Bucha, Vorzel, and neighboring settlements lost their homes due to Russian shelling, so the demand for comfortable temporary accommodation is very high. 

The core team consists of dozen skillful members united by the mission of raising the standard of temporary housing:

Slava Balbek, project supervisor, team lead, architect
Borys Dorogov, operating officer
Yuliia Kolesnikova, chief financial officer

Alla Vitas-Zakharzhevska, lead architect of the project
Olena Dobrovolska, architect
Mariia Kozachuk, interior designer
Nik Key, lead 3d artist
Yevhenii Zavitaiev, 3d artist
Maria Povstyana, architect
Lena Bryantseva, interior designer
Bohodar Lysenko, architect
Vitalina Hoshovska, interior designer
Valerii Stefanov, 3d artist

Anna Viktorova, project manager
Daryna Ignatieva, procurement manager
Bogdan Boyarchenkov, production manager
Arina Petrenko, project manager
Tetiana Khuk, project manager
Vladyslava Muzyka, HR manager
Anton Lebediev, project manager

Taisiia Kudenko, PR lead
Kateryna Vasylevska, copywriter
Olesya Sachenko, communication manager
Oleksandra Zavada, graphic designer
Collage of RE:Ukraine housing team

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Image gallery
Pilot project visualization - 01

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Pilot project visualization - 02

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Pilot project visualization - 03

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Pilot project visualization - 04

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Pilot project visualization - 05

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Pilot project visualization - 07

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Pilot project visualization - 09

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Technical drawings
Masterplan scheme Vorzel

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Layout section 1

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Where are we now
Since the release of RE:Ukraine Housing, 50+ foreign media outlets have covered the project. In April, we even had an opportunity to present our system to Volodymyr Zelenskyy and the Presidential Office. 

As of November, our team has gathered about 20% of the construction budget. We also signed a memorandum of cooperation with Bucha City Council, which provided a land plot for the pilot. Upon completion of the project, the ownership of everything built on-site will be transferred to the local community.

Many elements for the pilot will be donated by socially responsible businesses. IKEA will provide furnishing, and Ajax Systems will install security alarms and motion detectors.
An indication of our team’s capacity:
20% funding already raised
90% expertise already found
90% materials / equipment already found
90% builders already found
Finance: € 777,450
Given 777 450 EURO is yet to be collected, we continue our fundraising campaign. The additional funding will allow us to finish the pilot construction, optimize RE:Ukraine Housing system, and scale the project globally to address social issues in other countries.
  • Construction and finishing
  • External utilities, driveways, landscaping
  • Outdoor workshop construction
  • Administrative costs and risk coverage
Stuff: Equipment & tools
We prioritize building materials from Ukraine, since it minimizes the carbon footprint and makes money circulate in the internal economy. However, our project has a coworking area for IDPs and the office of RE:Ukraine Housing team. This area would benefit from electronic donations, such as laptops (up to 7), printer, and other equipment which enable work and education.
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