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Idea by

Khyati Saraf, Swarnabh Ghosh, Craig Rosman

Bil-kul

http://www.bil-kul.com/

Cambridge, United Kingdom
Bil-Kul is a design practice working in the related disciplines of architecture and landscape architecture at scales ranging from the domestic to the regional. Based between New Delhi and New York, Bil-Kul is led by Swarnabh Ghosh, Khyati Saraf and Craig Rosman. Bil-kul is the Hindi word for 'absolutely' or 'sure'.

Babyn Yar: Seeing the Forest of the Ground


A Memorial Landscape

Babyn Yar: Seeing the Forest of the Ground


A Memorial Landscape
Architecture as a soft reductive process

Babyn Yar Park, Kiev, Ukraine is a repository of many histories. Tales of murdered litter the grounds of this present day city park. The sheer violence and density of its tortured past transcends any attempts at explication or narration to present-day visitors. For this reason, we propose that Babyn Yar be preserved as a living, evolving ground for the perpetual and unresolved process of memorialization that is at once individual and collective, sympathetic and empathetic, continual and fleeting. This intervention exposes the reality of its irredeemable past not to facilitate casual empathy but to acknowledge the perpetual weight of its history and to resist embalming it with neat platitudes.

This project brings forward the possibility that the future of memorials, lies not in the superimposition of grand meta-narratives of hard, dominant architecture, but perhaps in the revelation of its soft, shifting ground.


An exploded axonometric shows the layered process of intervention on the landscape

Overall plan indicates existing path network with proposed 'subtractions'

1:500 scale plan

Babyn Yar: Seeing the Forest of the Ground


A Memorial Landscape

Babyn Yar: Seeing the Forest of the Ground


A Memorial Landscape
Architecture as a soft reductive process

Babyn Yar Park, Kiev, Ukraine is a repository of many histories. Tales of murdered litter the grounds of this present day city park. The sheer violence and density of its tortured past transcends any attempts at explication or narration to present-day visitors. For this reason, we propose that Babyn Yar be preserved as a living, evolving ground for the perpetual and unresolved process of memorialization that is at once individual and collective, sympathetic and empathetic, continual and fleeting. This intervention exposes the reality of its irredeemable past not to facilitate casual empathy but to acknowledge the perpetual weight of its history and to resist embalming it with neat platitudes.

This project brings forward the possibility that the future of memorials, lies not in the superimposition of grand meta-narratives of hard, dominant architecture, but perhaps in the revelation of its soft, shifting ground.


An exploded axonometric shows the layered process of intervention on the landscape

Overall plan indicates existing path network with proposed 'subtractions'

1:500 scale plan


Idea by

Khyati Saraf, Swarnabh Ghosh, Craig Rosman
Bil-kul
Cambridge
United Kingdom
Bil-Kul is a design practice working in the related disciplines of architecture and landscape architecture at scales ranging from the domestic to the regional. Based between New Delhi and New York, Bil-Kul is led by Swarnabh Ghosh, Khyati Saraf and Craig Rosman. Bil-kul is the Hindi word for 'absolutely' or 'sure'.