Transient Elements

Architecture & Urban Design


Proposal for UN-Habitat Global Public Space Programme

Today, the Venezuelan refugee crisis has presented an unprecedented challenge to public spaces around Colombia. It is estimated that roughly 4,000 Venezuelans are leaving their home country daily. This year alone, more than one million Venezuelan refugees have entered Colombia. By 2021, Colombia is estimated to be home to approximately four million displaced Venezuelans. Throughout Colombia, the lack of housing, jobs, and adequate aid responses have left many of these refugees destitute. Tent cities are popping-up throughout public spaces, bus terminals, parks, plazas - escalating tensions between the refugee population and native dwellers. Transient Elements aims to mediate this tension by providing sustainable placemaking that improves the existing quality of public spaces and life-sustaining elements such as potable water, electricity, and shelter to the refugee population. Through a system of mobile units that can be easily deployed to the most vulnerable urban sites, Transient Elements provides an alternative to the current public space crisis while encouraging community engagement, collaboration, and upward mobility

Proposal Team: Juligon, WXY architecture + design

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