Women’s support Network
The Jackson Heights neighborhood has the largest number of undocumented immigrants, and beyond all the challenges that come with being new to a city, what does it mean to be an immigrant woman in a society where domestic violence plagues many of the homes that make up the city’s most diverse neighborhood? Through the Women’s Support Network, different strategies for safe encounters were developed. The living room is explored as a basic design concept. The project embraces the different domestic elements (sofas, chandeliers, wallpapers, curtains, art) of a house in the city to reclaim the space that should always have been safe and design strategies that combat domestic violence through design and architecture. The project explores through different textiles and fabrics ways to illustrate and represent the diverse cultures of Jackson Heights. Also, in order to help women who cannot escape violence, a food truck adapted to a mobile shelter was devised to help women escape in extreme cases of violence.