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Interstitial Territories

This project aims to serve as a headquarter for the NGO Amnesty International, where refugees from around the world can temporarily stay before the Amnesty teams advocate and negotiate with countries to find them a permanent home. By upcycling commercial ships that are being left to rot on beaches in India and Bangladesh mainly, this headquarter proposes to occupy an interstitial territory on international waters as a neutral temporary home for refugees and Amnesty workers. These ships can travel to the urgency depending on the need and then station at sea. Whatever the size of the ships, they can come together by connecting to an inflatable central platform. This allows for the base to grow and expand. The platform comprises different pools, contributing to the boats’ production of resources: freshwater, grey and black water filtration, fuel, and food. The existing naves are adapted to house learning, meeting, presentation, negotiation, and performance spaces within a hydroponic farming system. Above deck, accommodation spaces can plug into adapted water pipes. These temporary homes are arranged around a plumbing core with two bathrooms, with privatized spaces on either side. It allows for 12 people to share a living space and 24 people to share a patio space. This project questions dignity at the scale of humankind, a population, and a single human being. It questions methodologies and processes where participatory design could thrive. Human rights are not a given; this fight needs support from the built environment.