SO.11 – Elective Seminar
Tutors: Pablo Ros, Marco Ingrassia

Europe is suffering one of its biggest migration crisis after the Second World War. Refugees from Middle East are scaping from war conflicts, persecution, poverty and climatic change. While this is defined as one of the biggest human catastrophes of the last decades in the old continent, architects are not yet ready to design adaptive models and solutions capable to react to this phenomenon. “Encrypted Nomadism” is a seminar that provides an opportunity to organize systems capable to supply help to this crisis. This seminar aims to rapidly design solutions for refugees through techniques that utilizes data analysis and computer advanced tools in addition to the tactical intuition of the architect. [ see last year project at the link]

Encrypted Nomadism - Al Zaatari

The seminar will collectively navigate and research a vast number of examples that will be used to approach and project new refugee camps, systems of transportation, communication and any other infrastructure needed by the refugees. The primary mission of this research will be unveiling the logics and relations of the current situation. The second part will encrypt all these discoveries in a digital machine that will provide a solution for this new Nomadism. It is important to understand that the “coded” proposal is not just one “master” digital model, but rather an entire body of exploration that can provide a catalogue of solutions in different types of environments, scenarios and social behaviors. What would it be the impact of this digital tool in the migrations? Can we provide the refugee with a portable protection to transit Europe?

Is the scenario of temporary urban models a possible solution? In “Encrypted Nomadism” architects will heavily utilize a robust spectrum of automated and manual tools and techniques with rigor and agility. The architect, instead of a just being a traditional  masterplanner will operate as a strategist designer.