MA/ad

2016 - 2017

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BORDER MATERIALITIES

The Border Materialities studio works on the border between Jordan and Syria and considers what happens to those who have to cross borders due to war. Historically Jordan has acted as a haven for many refugees and currently hosts one of the largest refugee populations in the world.

Our approach to refugee camps follows the anthropologist Michel Agier's conceptulisation of them as places for ‘managing the undesirables’. These pseudo cities spring up at the edges of established cities, near borders or in the middle of a desert, and are designed to provide refuge for the vulnerable. Yet unlike standard cities they are often closed spaces where entry and exit is controlled and where political representation is not possible. Theses places are usually governed by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) alongside the host country government.

The studio will focus on the everyday life of refugees in the Za'atri refugee camp in Jordan, which is one of the biggest in the world. We will be working on issues of governance and consider how different forms of refugee architecture can be designed through attending to spatial, social and economic relations.

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HONORABLE SPACES


SPACES OF POSSIBILITY


I AM A REFUSHE


AGENCIES OF INFRASTRUCTURE


AT HOME


DECONSTRUCTING NORMALITY IN THE CAMP