Summer school in Visaginas, Lithuania

22-31 July, 2019 Andrei Stsiapanau was invited lecturer for the annual summer school “Post-Nuclear Urbanism” organized by the Laboratory of the critical urbanism (European Humanities University). During the last five years, the summer school took place in Visaginas, the city built especially to house employees of the Ignalina nuclear power plant in Lithuania. During his lecture Andrei Stsiapanau presented the most important stages of the development of the Soviet nuclear program, its main actors and institutions, as well as properties of the Soviet nuclear decision-making and governance – with a focus on challenges during the transition period after the USSR collapse. The participants of the summer school were primarily young designers, architects and urbanists from different countries, and the discussions on the future of nuclear power production and about radioactive waste disposal sites became lively.


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