Archstorming has just announced the winning projects of “Mosul Postwar Camp” with the objective to design spaces that combine the essential humanitarian aid with social reintegration solutions for those people who return home after the end of the war against the ISIS in the emblematic city of Mosul, that ended up hosting some of the most bloody and decisive battles of the war.
The international jury has included architects such as Charles Walker, Director at Zaha Hadid Architects, and experts in the field such as Corinne Gray, former specialist of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and current collaborator of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), among other recognized architects and experts.
This jury took on the difficult task of choosing the winning projects among the proposals of contestants from more than 45 nationalities. The first prize has been awarded to the team formed by Alexandre Houdet, Valentine Aguiar, Antonin Belot, Hans Fritsch, from Nantes (France).
The project is titled “Impulse” and their idea is to think of the project as a whole process, including the participation of the community. The project gathers groups of six families in clusters which will be shelters as much as places to create new social interactions.
Indeed, the modular structure design allows to transform the initial emergency tents into different housing projects achieved by families. In such a process, professionals just have to provide the frame and advice the inhabitants for the construction of their houses.
The second prize is titled “Scaffolding City” and was presented by Quang Le (Berlin, Germany). In his project, the camp itself would undertake the task of cleaning and rearranging the ruined parts of the city during the war. He proposed a flexible model, which is not only a residence of the people, but also helps them to reform and repair their city systematically.
The third prize is titled “Al ways Growing” by Zhao Yifan, Han Shuo presents a project thought as a continue growing community, where the government provides some basic grid units and steel frame structures for building houses, and they evolve thanks to people participation.
The application of traditional elements modules, the recycling of waste materials, the separation of public/ semi public/ private spaces in the living clusters, and the diversified design and constructions made by themselves, all contribute to enhance people’s sense of community belonging. Source and images Courtesy of Archstorming.
Article by Marco Rinaldi