- # Social
- # Environment
- # Infrastructure
Following the outbreak of Syrian war in 2011, millions of people had to flee their homes and seek refuge elsewhere. ROOTS IN EXILE focuses on Za’atari, one of the many refugee camps that have emerged from this critical humanitarian crisis, and the second largest in the world.
Large investments were needed to finance emergency structures (housing, water, electricity...) which by their temporary nature soon became obsolete and inefficient, coexisting with the life force of refugees that soon transformed the camp in a nascent city.
This project seeks to find the minimum infrastructure needed to generate a more flexible, resilient and sustainable settlement. Water sanitation and reutilization are solved within streets fractal hierarchy allowing to “minimize the energy consumption of transport” (Wagensberg).
This minimum urbanization lays the foundation for a self-constructed settlement, where its inhabitants are empowered by being the active designers of their living environment.