2018

Integrating Refugee Populations 

The people and the public space 

 

Architecture is not about buildings viewed in isolation, but about the experience of cityscapes. It's about how buildings respond to people's lived experiences, frame space and create the structure of cities that respond to shifting regional paradigms.

 

The public space in its many forms is used as a bridge in our urban plan. The plaza particularly is a stage that brings together the market, the mosque, the school and the clinic, and subsequently the people. The presence of the clinic within programs that are generally considered as public is purposeful, with the aim of de-stigmatizing mental health concerns in Arab culture by normalizing them spatially. The plaza also allows a transparency of religious spaces with equal gendered praying spaces and allowing the space to have an openness and common ground in which people can seek refuge.

 

The infrastructure is set up in a permanent way, with defined public spaces, roads and landmarks. The housing is left to develop in a flexible means around the infrastructure therefore allowing for more customization, and accommodate for future use. Understanding that the people themselves are refugees within their own city, the design is not intended to displace them but rather acknowledge that the lives they begin to rebuild in this new Mosul will continue beyond its intentions of immediate shelter.

This competition submission was completed along with Nadine Zaza. 

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