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medius terraneus

providing a place in between the lands

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DESIGN PROBLEM

 

 

Refugee camps are monuments to human suffering, and the sheer size of these settlements testifies to the severity of forced displacement around the world. Yet, the settlements are also spaces of hope and optimism: for many inhabitants, these camps represent a stepping stone on the path to safety and prosperity.

CASE STUDY 1: KAKUMA CAMP, KENYA

 
 
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CASE STUDY 2: ZA'ATARI CAMP, JORDAN

 
 
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Population Rate (k)

 

 

RESEARCH

 

 

The pod modules are designed to be flexible and meet the spatial needs of the refugee crisis while installed in the towers as well as while assembled on the ground. While assembled on the ground the modular units can connected into a limitless array depending on the needs of the users. The design packs flat to allow the units to be easily shipped around the world to meet the refugees wherever they may be. Additionally, the units unfold easily to be rapidly deployed and collapsed, freeing up assembly time to focus on other needs.


MISSION STATEMENT

To provide the opportunity to obtain and maintain basic human needs, but also
to provide a network for the process of successful relocation or repatriation.

 

 

CONCEPT

 

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Firstly, we have chosen to situate this project on water. This allows many nations
to fund it, no state law to control it, and the U.N. to manage it. In this way, population
stress may be removed from nations that currently deal with mass numbers of
immigrants. This particular site in the Mediterranean Sea was chosen for multiple
reasons: it is close in all directions to land, the area is sheltered with low water levels,
it is reactive to the Syrian civil war, and it is proactive to the land conflict in Syria.
To begin the design process, we mapped out the immediate needs of someone forced to
flee their home. Wayfinding is the first requirement: people will go by word of mouth or
follow their neighbors. We want to provide a monument the way Ellis Island might have
been a monument for early U.S. immigrants. Following this, our complex will seek to
provide access to basic human needs, health, education, careers, and global connectivity.


WEB CONCEPT

After studying interconnected geometries, this triangulated system provides a sense of conceptual, physical, and social stability.  To fulfill the requests of our Mission Statement, resources are organized into nodes varying in function.


SITE

The site is located on the Mediterranean Sea for important reasons. First, because it is in international waters, no one country bears ownership of the structure. Furthermore, the location's proximity to myriad countries that are facing various crises such as the Syrian Civil War, the West Bank/Israeli conflict, and the U.N. buffer zone in Cyprus. It is also near Turkey and Lebanon, two countries who are currently under the stress of hosting large numbers of displaced peoples. Finally, the site will be within 30 miles of two coastlines: nearby land is important for imports and emergency situations.

 

 

DESIGN SOLUTION

 

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Refugee camps are monuments to human suffering, and the sheer size of these settlements testifies to the severity of forced displacement around the world. Yet, the settlements are also spaces of hope and optimism: for many inhabitants, these camps represent a stepping stone on the path to safety and prosperity. It is crucial to provide a safe and prosperous transition for peoples in this distress.

 
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