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"AGRIshelter" | Narges Mofarahian | Project Winner of the International Competition "

From the jury report: “AGRIshelter has something of a hipster movement for refugees, with the very positive side of providing possibilities for gardening and growing food. The plan encourages prospective residents and communities to be involved in creating accommodation re-using locally found materials and in reclaiming and greening the built environment. The jury welcomed the project and its utopian thinking preferring this as a model than all too familiar dystopias. The project is part of a thesis research, that explores urban typologies as well as practical concepts at detail scale.”

AGRIshelter is a proposal for improving reception sites in European cities which are receiving great numbers of refugees. In fact integration of refugees must start from integration of their living spaces to prevent creation of ghettos which leads to numerous social problems. This is an issue which must be looked at in the urban scale .Then creative solutions could hugely turn potential negative impacts of isolation, to positive effect on the hosting cities. Another important issue is the environmental effect of this huge displacement while we all are facing the big challenge of Global warming. Therefore a more comprehensive solution could be more effective.

The main factors that this proposal includes are:

- Turning the Reception Sites that are often Isolated, to Attractive green urban networks for a better effective integration by bringing regular activites. - Constructing shelters with good quality but low environmental impact by using biodegradable materials. - Involving everyone who wants to join, especially refugees themselves, in the process of construction of the shelters through self build emergency housing.

AGRIshelter is a solution for the shortage of refugee shelters that considers social, urban, environmental and economic factors. It is built of biodegradable, zero-km materials, which are durable, provide good insulation and are readily available in every city. The whole 35-m2 unit can be erected in a few hours by people with minimum skills and it’s also easy to demolish. The prefabricated wooden-frame foundation supports walls made of straw bales and wooden doors and window frames. The roof is made of folded canvas. A cistern on the north side collects water. AGRIshelters can be built on vacant urban sites to prevent the formation of ghettoes on the edges of cities.

- For more info check the Facebook page: "AGRIshelter"

TerraViva Competitions

Recently created as a new branch of "TerraViva", this specific section proposes a series of design competitions in line with the topics addressed by our workshops and mainly directed to architecture students, new graduates and young designers.

TACTICAL URBANISM NOW! 2021 - The Reappropriation of Public Space will be the third competition of 2021. Starting from December 13th, registrations will be open until 18/03/2022.


December 13th "Tactical Urbanism NOW! 2021 - The Reappropriation of Public Space"; 10.000€ in Prizes; 10 Honorable Mentions; 30 Finalists; Submissions within 18/03/2022; Results on 26/04/2022; Jury:  Miralles Tagliabue EMBT (Barcelona), Public City (Winnipeg), Openfabric (Rotterdam); Orizzontale (Rome); Intuy Lab (Lima); Sports (New York); Atelier Nea (Paris); OBBA (Seoul);


September 10th "Hangar Ticinum - A Community Hub on the River"; 10.000€ in Prizes; 10 Honorable Mentions; 30 Finalists; Submissions within 10/12/2021; Results on 20/01/2022; Jury: Piuarch (Milan); TSPA (Berlin); Stefano Boeri Architetti (Milan); Operastudio (New York); Degli Esposti Architetti (Milan); Untitled Architecture (Moscow); Comune di Pavia (Pavia); Politecnico di Milano (Milan);

March 15th "The Living Museum - Micro-Architectures in the Landscape"7.000€ in Prizes; 10 Honorable Mentions; 30 Finalists; Submissions within 01/08/2021; Results on 13/09/2021; Jury: Topotek1 (Berlin); Elemental Architecture (New York); Stefano Boeri Architetti (Milan); Paredes Pedrosa (Madrid); NADAAA (Boston); One O One Architects (Seoul); Nicolas Campodonico (Rosario); Studio O (Berlin);

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