Proposal for Ježevo
I believe that people from any
part of the world have a sense of space and structures.
Traditions may vary, but the idea of a shelter can be shared
across cultural borders. Furthermore, I know that many Asians
have a close relationship to carpentry. It is not unusual that
(especially Asian) immigrants build their own houses in the
land they migrate to.
cabana should be built on the premises of the detention centre,
so that anyone of the detainees may visit it. It is a
structure that contains some meanings already by itself: metaphorically
it is a room for changing and transition. As a space for detainees
to visit, it would be a resort, a place in which a detainee
may spend a moment in privacy, contemplate, or whatever.
Situations in which the
detainees may obtain positive experiences if participating in
those who want to collaborIf this is not insignificant enough,
we may build it as a tent.ate in re-designing the cabana will
be able to consolidate meaning about their life situation and
who they are - and to transmit that meaning to others.
2) those who share the
ideas and cultural background of those who re-design the cabana,
and experience the piece by simply visiting it, may assert and
consider their own identity. In both these cases it is really
about self-recognition and self-identification through building
traditions. The structure may also communicate something about
the experiences of travelling through strange countries, and
that may also be shared.
those who do not share the background and tradition of those
who have re-designed the cabana, may still experience the piece
as a space of change, and may share in the ideas about travelling
through strange countries. They may consider their identity
in comparison to the identities represented by the structure.
How a structure may convey experiences or identities may be
quite simple: for instance, in Europe and the US we have a Christmas
tradition of making a representation of the stable, where Jesus
was born. The spatial organisation of the figures in the legend,
the crib, the space, are all familiar for anyone in the Western
world. Another spatial/structural organisation that mirrors
similar spiritual forces is the Asian altar for family ancestors.
That altar, in turn, is very similar to the voodoo related altars
in South America. I do not know what the detainees will present
in the re-designing process. If I did, I would not need to have
the process done. But I think it could be dealing with these
kinds of parallels.
I think that the act of building something together is always
a socially energising and an optimistic thing to do.
Even if the people who do this will not stay. I am hopeful that
there will always be one to three detainees in the whole place,
that will be intrigued enough to participate - and maybe they
may instigate some other ones to participate even if only partially,
for instance in the building process. Already then, I feel I
would have achieved my goal.
If the management of the detention centre will have problems
in approving the building of the cabin, we should negotiate
this with them: what requirements would they have for the cabin,
so that they may approve it? Visibility or other? I think it
is fine to allow this side (surveillance, control) of the detention
centre also be expressed in the design. The management needs
to know the following: the cabin will be very small, the floor
approximately 1,40 meters each side and the height approximately
2,20 meters. It will be a free stand structure that may be transported
from one place to another, for instance carried by two to three
For the re-design process, the idea of a changing cabin, and
the style of a changing cabin, is only a point of departure.
The reason for choosing this point of departure is the metaphorical
meaning of it: a space for change and transition. The other
reason is the cultural hybridity of the cabin (which means that
it is reflecting many cultures and is thus partially familiar
to possibly everyone in the centre).
I live, I dwell means the same as I am... Philosophical
ideas connecting ourselves and our living spaces.