Luminous Pockets in the Empty Capital

Luminous Pockets in the Empty Capital by Vardhan Mehta, Shaguni Gupta and Annette Veliz




Luminous Pockets in the Empty Capital
Image © Vardhan Mehta, Shaguni Gupta and Annette Veliz

We are actively working with AECOM and refugee organizations in Lisbon to bring our vision to reality. And finally here is a precis of the design process.

Luminous Pockets in the Empty Capital
Image © Vardhan Mehta, Shaguni Gupta and Annette Veliz

Tradionally, architecture/construction has been a passive process, where the problems are solved after they have existed for a while. We argue for a kind of Temporary Urbanism, producing cultural incubators that are:
1. Free of Program
2. Bottom-up
3. Flexible and Adaptable.

Luminous Pockets in the Empty Capital
Image © Vardhan Mehta, Shaguni Gupta and Annette Veliz

This will help solve problems like refugee crisis in a more active mechanism, acting as interface between the Lisbon locals and refugees.

Luminous Pockets in the Empty Capital
Image © Vardhan Mehta, Shaguni Gupta and Annette Veliz

Refugees usually bring with them a host of skills, cultures, traditions and ethnic food. To properly utilize those skills we would like to offer our solution: pre-fab cultural incubators.

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Portugal’s Municipal already has the resources to implement this project as it has collected a sum of 2 million euros and has a vast network of collaborative partners and sponsors.

Luminous Pockets in the Empty Capital
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These luminous pockets around the city could be used for programs of cultural production based around food, music, visual arts etc.

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– Activities such as ethnic food workshops, live demostrations and flea markets could provide the infrastructure to make the process of resettling perform better.
– Language and vocational training for the refugees,
– Above all, it would be a place of interaction for the refugees, immigrants and locals. Source by Vardhan Mehta, Shaguni Gupta and Annette Veliz.

Luminous Pockets in the Empty Capital
Image © Vardhan Mehta, Shaguni Gupta and Annette Veliz
Luminous Pockets in the Empty Capital
Image © Vardhan Mehta, Shaguni Gupta and Annette Veliz
Luminous Pockets in the Empty Capital
Image © Vardhan Mehta, Shaguni Gupta and Annette Veliz
Luminous Pockets in the Empty Capital
Image © Vardhan Mehta, Shaguni Gupta and Annette Veliz
Luminous Pockets in the Empty Capital
Image © Vardhan Mehta, Shaguni Gupta and Annette Veliz
Luminous Pockets in the Empty Capital
Image © Vardhan Mehta, Shaguni Gupta and Annette Veliz

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