ON THE MOVE
AN ARCHITECTURAL MODEL EXPLORING TRANSPORTABLE AND IMPROVED LIVING NETWORKS FOR ROMA COMMUNITIES
Recipient of the RIBA Boyd Auger Scholarship 2013
2014 | Targoviste | Romania
The study will focus on Europe’s fastest - growing minority: the Roma. Despite being present in Europe for centuries, Roma and Traveler groups continue to remain on the fringe of both Eastern and Western European societies, surrounded by boundaries that seek to physically force them apart from their neighboring communities.
Aiming to address this sensitive and highly debated social and spatial phenomenon, the study proposes the revival of the nomad caravan under the concept of a modular, structural network of pavilions that caters to the basic needs of the traveling community in terms of utilities and collective interaction. The focus will lie on the design of a self-sustaining architectural organism on wheels, a nomad village that can adapt and reconfigure itself according to the available environmental resources, while providing a robust structural framework, drafted in accordance with the Roma aesthetic outlines.
Additionally, the research envisages the rethinking of key concepts at the core of architectural theory and design.
The focus on temporary, adaptable, shared spaces challenges the sedentary predisposition specific to Western architecture and its affinity towards grand, enduring structures. The approach is driven by the idea that architecture functions as an ideology in built form, that homes are more than just fixed dwellings, more than just sheltering devices: they are tools that enable the communities that use architecture to carve their identities and redefine visions of themselves and their collective subconscious.
Project made possible by a support from RoMetal Targoviste, Elami Studio & The Cathedral of Fallen Heroes.
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