Woodbury University School of Architecture | Study Abroad | Summer 2017 | Richmond

Study Abroad

The  goal  of  this  studio  was  to  travel  to  Paris,  Calais,  and the French  Riviera  to use  our investigative skills and  gather information on how organizations function and how refugees travel throughout a foreign region. When we returned to the States, as a whole studio we worked on a single project. One group of three were the master-planners and the remaining 6  individually  designed  an  infrastructure  that  is  capable  ofdemounting  into shipping containers.

“Our aim is to lift 6,000 migrant refugees off the streets and into  public  and  private  services  within  2-4  weeks.  As  noted in  the  French  media,  “The  State  would  need  to  find  300 spots  a  week  in  a  welcome  center  or  the  system  becomes backlogged.”1 If we can exceed 600 people being placed on a  path  to  citizenship,  voluntary  repatriation  or  into  social services (including “accompagnement” by a case worker or volunteer and temporary housing in a welcome center), this project will be an improvement over the status quo.”- Deborah Richmond


Site:
L’ile Saint Denis, France (Saint- Denis
island a suburb of Paris, France)

Program:
Camp for 6,000 refugees, Hygiene and
wellness and Wellness center. Tea and
prayer areas, Sortation Warehouse,
Kitchen,Medical Tent, Shelter for
Vulnerable Pop., General Store, Children’s
Play and Learning Center, Humanitarian
Aid Esplanade, Internet cafe, The
incubator, and Bakery

 
 A Child begging for money in Lille, France

A Child begging for money in Lille, France

When you think of France, usually the first thing that comes
up is it iconography. In reality there are people and families
sleeping on the streets. A child should not have to be on the
streets begging for money. A child should not have to worry
about when they’re going to eat next or where their meal is
going to come from. A child should be in school learning and
not on the streets. A child should be playing at the park and
not on the streets begging. A child needs time to be a kid to
develop skills that are being learned at their age.

 

Schools located within walking distance.
.3 miles (500 meters)
.4 miles (700 meter)
.7 miles (1.2km)
Parks located within walking distance.
.3 miles (500 meters)
.5 miles (800 meter)
.9 miles (1.4km)

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Schools located within walking distance.
.3 miles (500 meters)
.4 miles (700 meter)
.6 miles (900 meters)
Parks located within walking distance.
.3 miles (500 meters)
.3 miles (500 meters)
.5 miles (800 meter)

Schools located within walking distance.
.6 miles (900 meters)
.7 miles (1.1km)
.7 miles (1.km)
Parks located within walking distance.
.6 miles (900 meter)
1 miles (1.6km)
1.8 miles (2.9km)

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Schools located Within walking distance.
.2 miles (300 meters)
.3 miles (500 meters)
.4 miles (600 meters)
Parks located within walking distance
.4 miles (700 meter)
.5 miles (800 meter)
.9 miles (1.4km)

 

I was in the 'Master Planning" group, our task was to layout the planing for the esplanade (the main circulation spine of the event), to place tents sites, tea and prayer areas, a recreation zone, to plan the site circulation and back of the house areas. When designing the diagram for the site it was important to me to separate families and unaccompanied minors from the regular population.

Site Diagram

 Final Diagram: A combination from Luz Ayon's and Miguel's diagram

Final Diagram: A combination from Luz Ayon's and Miguel's diagram

 

Event Information

 
 

Site: L’Île-Saint-Denis

Site Model by Luz Ayon, Jocelyn Lara, and Miguel Ruiz

Structures designed by individual projects

Camp and Tea and Prayer Room

Drawing done by Luz Ayon

Drawings done by Luz Ayon

Drawings done by Luz Ayon