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LOCALS IN TRANSITION
2015, Oslo, Norway
Partners: Lisbon Architecture Triennale, We are looking for more partners
With: Rúben Teodoro, Ricardo Morais, Sebastião de Botton, Malin Mohr
Poul Hartling, the former United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and Nobel Prize advocated in 1984 that the only dignified solution to the refugee problem is to restore them to normal life.
Today, perhaps more than ever, the world urge for binding and consequent solutions to cope with a refugee crisis that is mainly flooding Europe with a mixture of hope and misery, solidarity and xenophobia in equal doses.
While all parties eagerly await for decisions coming from above, the refugees count the hours waiting on improvised refugee camps, in survival mode putting their lives on hold. This situation perpetuate the feeling of "being in transition" even when they reach their desired destinations.
On the other hand, in the heart of the ill-informed or ill-prepared populations grows a distrust and discontent feeling towards refugees. In the middle are the volunteers the true heroes who day after day, whether in rescue missions in the Mediterranean or distributing meals in asylum shelters attenuate the lives of immigrants and work in prompt solutions.
Locals in Transition
"Locals in Transition" aims to be a focus and concise proposal based in specific situations of the refugees who live in the Norwegian asylums, particularly in Torshov Transitmottak.
The main goal is to improve the living conditions of the asylum members, based on the diagnosis of their basic needs as individuals and as a group and at the same time focus on their integration problems.
As architects we intend to approach the problems in an architectural perspective, using architecture tools, reflection about the appropriation of spaces, living conditions and ...
After some conversations with the Torshov Transitmottak we identify the target group of the intervention that is refugee boys between 15 and 18 years old. Their stay switches from two weeks to two months depending on their status and how fast the process run.
The intervention area of focus will be on individual spaces to suit the most intimate genesis problems of asylum members and private and public common spaces. This common spaces cover a spectrum from the group sphere to the interaction with the city and the rest of society.
The backbone of the project is based on participatory processes and in a collective work based on the diagnosis and develops for a future project more consistent and well thought.
For a more prolific and consequent action, the work will be complemented by partnership with sociologists, anthropologists, local authorities and institutions, the Norsk Folkehjelp and inevitably with everybody that help in the asylum.
Improve the living conditions of the asylum members based on the diagnosis of their basic needs as individuals and as a group and at the same time focusing on their integration issues.
Areas of Intervention
Individual Spaces panel (1.2)
Private Common Spaces panel (1.3)
Public Common Spaces panel (1.4)
design by WAREHOUSE