This thesis looks at the possible architectural scenario of a cultural and scientific institute located in an environment that is currently thought of as unlivable.
The site is located in the abandoned city of Prepyat, found on the path of the radioactive fallout from the nuclear disaster that occurred at the Chernobyl in April of 1986. This young city was evacuated few days after the disaster as the levels of radiation became extremely dangerous. In the last sixty years, Nuclear Power Production has increased substantially as has the research and knowledge base from experience, now is the time to begin an Integrated Nuclear Research Think Tank to further the knowledge on the consequences of nuclear disaster.
The site provides a highly volatile environment, with seasonal extremes as well as with radiation that affects the DNA of all living creatures. Life at the cellular level holds a certain memory that is passed from generation to generation in a multi-million year link. What is not well known, is gamma radiation at low levels is beneficial to human health. Among other things, it promotes longevity and health. This project will investigate a rebirth of highly contaminated areas of Chernobyl, looking for ways that could help re-inhabit contaminated lands, creating an environment that is beneficial to the new occupants.