One of CFI’s key initiatives is supporting Ukrainian led reconstruction planning and ongoing reconstruction due to Russian aggression.
In July, delegates from CFI embarked on a transformative journey to Ukraine, engaging with government ministers, mayors, builders, and visionary design professionals. We co-hosted, with Ukrainian NGO, Dobrobat, the REUkraine conference in Kyiv, Ukraine on July 28th an in-person and live-streamed event.
This expedition played a pivotal role in shaping the next phase of our work with Dobrobat. Building upon the insights gained during the visit to Ukraine, CFI is preparing to host a delegation of Ukrainian leaders to the San Francisco Bay Area in January 2024. This trip will include government and industry leaders and seeks to create a community of leaders who can transform Ukrainian design and construction process.
Stay tuned for more details as we continue on this collaboration, innovation, and progress journey.
More than a year ago, Ukraine found itself the victim of a devastating invasion by Russian forces. This act of unanticipated aggression was met with global outrage. Condemnations echoed from the United Nations General Assembly chambers to the halls of power in the United States, with the vast majority of the international community united in their denouncement of Russia's unjustified/unprovoked actions.
As the conflict continues, the resilience and resourcefulness of the Ukrainian forces have been widely acknowledged, leading to their nickname as the "MacGyver army". Their adaptation of digital tools, novel strategies, and sheer ingenuity have astonished the world, highlighting their bravery and creativity amidst the backdrop of war.
President Zelensky's vision includes an immediate response to the pressing needs of war-torn communities. At the same time, he has urged design and construction leaders to consider the longer term, crafting strategies that not only repair the present damage but also lay the groundwork for a thriving peacetime economy.
Your support can help turn this vision into reality. Together, we can assist Ukraine in rising from the ashes of conflict to build a brighter and more resilient future. Your contribution will not only aid in reconstructing the nation's physical landscape but will also inspire a new era of innovation and progress in Ukrainian society.
In the wake of devastation, the Center for Innovation and our Ukrainian partner, Dobrobat are igniting a movement that embraces technology and new materials and explores sustainable solutions to rebuild this resilient nation. Dobrorat is a Ukrainian- based volunteer construction battalion that assists survivors in the de-occupied territories in the restoration of housing and social infrastructure. They work closely with Ukrainian mayors in many damaged regions of the country. Together, we are harnessing new and proven means and methods to tap into the boundless creativity of the building and design industry.
Today, many Ukrainians don’t have a floor upon which to put their feet: in June 2023 it was estimated that 163,000 housing units have been destroyed. To put that number in perspective, it’s as if every home in Cincinnati were destroyed.
Additionally, over 218 hospitals and clinics have been damaged or destroyed. UNESCO has verified damage to 253 sites, including religious sites, museums, historic buildings monuments, and libraries. Ukrainians face an immense post-war rebuilding challenge.
The scope of destruction calls for immediate action, even before peace is fully secured. And the Ukrainian people are determined to reconstruct their nation with ingenuity. They seek guidance and expertise as they consider options and plan for a resilient future.
The Ukrainian reconstruction effort will be the biggest opportunity for building innovation since World War II. This initiative is an exceptional moment for global collaboration; lessons learned will shape the future of building worldwide as other countries face military conflict and climate change.
CFI is proud to stand alongside Ukraine as it builds, quite literally, the foundations of resilience and renewal. We are united in a mission to rebuild sustainably – using the best technological and process techniques.
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Dobrobat and CFI are NGO’s- we aren’t selling anything; our role is to provide ideas and hope. We do not endorse products or vendors.
Trip to Kyiv- July 28
Study Trip Symposium to San Francisco Bay Area- January 2024
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