SESAM Poliklinika 2021 | Participants Call
This summer, around 100 architecture students and young professionals from Europe (and beyond) will come to Slavutych, Northern Ukraine, to participate in SESAM 2021 - Poliklinika. After postponing the event for a year due to the global pandemic, and putting in place a series of Covid-compliant measures to ensure the safety of everyone involved, the event will take place over three separate cycles with a reduced number of participants. The dates for the new cycles are: 2-10 August 2021 / 12-20 August 2021 / 22-30 August 2021.
Each cycle will consist of around five WORKSHOPS, run by architectural students and young professionals under the umbrella theme ‘Poliklinika’ (polyclinic in English), focusing on healthcare and its relation to architecture. The workshops cover a wide spectrum of practices in architecture, from design and construction to theoretic research and conceptual art.
The location for SESAM 2021 Poliklinika is the city of SLAVUTYCH, a city built to rehouse the workers of the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant (CNPP) and their families, after being evacuated from Prypiat, following the explosion of the fourth reactor in 1986 — the worst nuclear catastrophe in history. The new city would not only provide dwellings to those who had been evicted from Prypiat, but also to heal them from the trauma they had experienced.
As opposed to Prypiat, built to represent the quintessential ‘atomic town’, a nuclear energy centred city with a strong focus on industrialization, building technology, and densification, Slavutych was planned as an exemplary human-centered town nestled in the middle of the woods.
The town was built in just 18 months through the collaboration of eight Soviet republics, each of which was responsible for erecting a district that then bore the name of its capital: Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius, Leningrad, Moscow, Tbilisi, Baku, Yerevan, Kyiv. Architects, masons, engineers, and designers from each of the republics came to build their respective districts, often with clear references to their own ‘vernacular’ styles. Prefabricated concrete panels, wall paper, and window frames were also imported. It resulted in a beautiful mixture of different late-modernist styles, human scales, pedestrian friendly avenues, and the first cycling paths in the USSR.
The theme for this year’s SESAM, POLIKLINIKA, is focusing on healthcare, and its relation to architecture at the physical, methodological, and metaphorical levels. The theme aims to question the methods used in architectural practice to diagnose and prognose a ‘problem’. We propose three anatomic planes through which healthcare -maintenance or improvement of health-, will be addressed during Poliklinika through workshops and other discursive exchanges: prophylaxis, diagnosis and therapy.
FEEAs with all EASA events, participants will be paying a fee of 100€ to participate. This fee covers production expenses such as food, electricity, space rental, workshop materials, etc. We are keen on promoting full transparency, so if you have any budgetary queries, please let us know.
Once you submit this form, we will get back to you with a link where to transfer your participation fee -100€- (+ 30€ for an optional excursion to Chornobyl Exclusion Zone). Once the payment is received, your participation will be confirmed. We will send you a confirmation email.
The applications will be received on a rolling basis until we reach the maximum amount of participants per residency.
The fee is non-refundable.
If you have any difficulties paying the fee, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible, and we will see what we can do.
PROGRAMWe will have interactive educational programming with offline and online workshops, public lectures, tours to Chornobyl Exclusion Zone (optional), and entertainment program (music & bar included!). You will receive finalized agenda by July 14, but you already can check out a more detailed list of the offline workshops (more workshops will be added soon) here: https://bit.ly/3gsCPM5
LOGISTICSIn SESAM Poliklinika we all will be camping inside the abandoned hospital. All of us will share one roof and will be distributed to the different rooms. Please notice: you should bring a mat/air mattress, a sleeping bag, a mug, cutlery, a plate with you.
We will organize transport from Kyiv’s airports to Slavutych, but you are also welcome to arrive on your own. We will get in touch with you on all the details in July.
If you have any other logistics-related questions, please contact us at email@example.com
FORMUsing this form, we will collect your contact information, educational background, logistics-crucial information, and info needed for Visa Invites (for foreigners only) and Chornobyl Tours (if applicable).
For Visa Invites and Chornobyl Tours, we will ask for private information such as your passport number and scans - this information will be securely stored and used only for arrangement purposes. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
There will be no motivation-based questions, and you won't need to write any long-reads, but please plan accordingly to complete the application on time. There will be 16 general questions and 8 additional depending on your answers (for visas and Chornobyl tours). The form might take up to 20 minutes to complete.
Download the information related to this competition here.