WHAT IS MAP?
Imagine having a world of information and a universe of critical creativity in your back pocket, or as poster on you wall. The work for this issue of MAP on Chernobyl has been done, we just need your help to print it!
MAP (Manual of Architectural Possibilities) is a non profit publication aiming to merge the fields of science and research on one hand, and architectural design on the other, to encourage discussion through design. The publication exemplifies this approach via its format. MAP presents itself as an A1, folded in the shape of traditional maps. Research and data are shown in one page, and architectural projects on the back.
Each issue tackles a specific theme, in this case for MAP 005 will be on Chernobyl.
- The four previous issues of MAP.
We though it relevant, after 25 years since the accident, strangely overlapped by the Fukushima disaster in Japan, to deal with nuclear power, its history, challenges and the strange landscape that has emerged in Chernobyl since the disaster. Birds have shrunk their brains to survive the radiation levels, abandoned for a generation, horses and wolfs roam free, surprisingly making the exclusion zone, one of the largest natural reserve in Europe. Fungus that thrive in radiation have been discovered and people who declined to leave the area, strangely enough, still survive. The questions and challenges that arise from such a realm are as endless and relevant as they are intriguing.
-MAP 004 FLOODS, unfolded.
What sets apart this publication from all others is it's immediacy, it is not a book, and it is not a magazine, it is a collection of information, tightly packed, a gate to hidden knowledge and an archive of architectural possibilities. It takes us 6 months to produce each issue, and we are now ready to print MAP 005 Chernobyl, great if you could help!
MAP will be printed in 2000 copies, on 90 g bright orange paper, and will be distributed in 16 countries, from bookstores to colleges, the selling price covering postage and handling.
- People enjoying MAP!
HOW IS MAP PRODUCED?
We have undertaken a three month research phase, in which we contacted survivors of the accident, scientists who still work there today and research groups that deal with radiation. We have charted all the nuclear accidents in history, drawn diagrams of the damaged reactor and described the accident in detail. Fascinating research showing the effects of radiation on the area of Chernobyl shines new light into a forgotten landscape, all shown in amazing info graphics.
From the discussions and questions that arose from the research phase we have used three more months in designing four speculative projects. A mobile archaeologic unit to trace the effects of the disaster. A bird feeding station from a disused antenna for the millions of migrating birds that stop in the area. A NASA facility that tests radiation effects for eventual explorations in space and a final vault for the leaking reactor. We are sure you'll love reading about them.
HOW WILL THE FUNDS BE USED?
Funding will be used to print and distribute 2000 copies of MAP. MAP will be sold in bookstores and schools world wide for about 5 USD. The price of each copy covers mostly postage and handling charges, allowing access of the publication to anyone who is curious.
- The project page on and earlier issue, MAP 003 ARCHIVE
HOW FAR ARE WE IN THE PROJECT?
The publication is ready to print and will be launched on the 26th anniversary of the Chernobyl accident, the 26th of April, in Kiev. After six months of enthusiastic full time work by the design team, sorting through data, creating info graphics to make it accessible and attractive, drawing and designing the four projects, the printing case has finally arrived. Help us make it true and take it to the printers!
We have been invited to launch the publication at the Chernobyl Museum in Kiev, and we are grateful to this institution for this opportunity.
WHO IS INVOLVED IN THE PROJECT?
MAP is edited and designed by a team of young and hard working architects and designers led by architect David Garcia, co-edited by Parvinder Marwaha and with great help from Jordan Alport.
We are fortunate to have the renowned Architect and Archigram founder Peter Cook, writing the introduction to this issue.
-Architects Peter Cook and Odile Decq admiring a previous issue of MAP.