[Image: The Baikonur Cosmodrome; image via Tomorrow’s Thoughts Today].
Liam Young and Kate Davies of the Architectural Association’s Unknown Fields Division have teamed up to launch an annual “nomadic studio.” Next July, 2011, Young and Davies will lead a two-week visit to the irradiated zones of exclusion at Chernobyl, Ukraine, and the derelict Soviet launch-city of Baikonur for an intensive workshop of architectural research and design.
As Liam describes the studio: “Together we will form a traveling circus of research visits, field reportage, rolling discussions, and impromptu tutorials… Joining us on our travels will be a troupe of collaborators: photographers and filmmakers from the worlds of technology, science and fiction including the Philips Technologies Design Probes research lab and Archis/Volume magazine.”
There is a £650 fee to participate, but this does not cover flights or hotels. More info here.
4 thoughts on “Chernobyl/Baikonur”
That certainly sounds like fun. However, I wouldn't call Baikonur "derelict;" it continues in active use as a cosmodrome. Site 1, Gagarin's Start, launched a mission to the ISS as recently as October 27.
csw, true—I'm just consumed by an urge for ruins, I suppose, and want so badly for there to be a fully derelict launch facility out in the middle of the Asian steppe somewhere…
What happened to this Geoff? Stories and photos from the trip?
James, there's more info on the Unknown Fields Division blog, including this post.
Hope that helps!