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Study zone: from Alvalik (Turkey) to Lesbos (Greece), People start gathering to cross the 25 km route. Crossing sequence using a processing “Ant type” behaviour, in which we set the migrants destination points all over the Greek shore line, allowing the migrants( white agents) to start joining together to form the crossing path with the help of GPS data analysis to locate the Aggregation points

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By using a “GPS Safe trip” app, people will find aggregation points creation Ice boats via a series of chemical reactions        

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The Ice boats aggregate in one point forming safe crossing paths connecting with the final destination spots, avoiding more unnecessary drownings                          

In the deadliest part of the Mediterranea;  Lost; 

“Increasing numbers of refugees and migrants take their chances aboard unseaworthy boats in a desperate bid to reach europe.The vast majority of those attempting this dangerous crossing are in need of international protection, fleeing wars, violence and persecution in their country of origin. Every year these movements continue to exact a devastating toll of human life” UNHCR, The UN Refugee agency  

Project Video – Touching ground on the site & overall strategies

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Proposal  location:  From Ayvalik (Tukey) to Lesbos ( Greece) aproximate crossing distance = 25 kms. From the “Unknown” and Limited Hopes, passing through Prayers,Tears,Dizziness, Obscurity,Freezing…..and at the end sometimes Clapping.

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These are becoming familiar headlines  on a daily basis.People are suffering  and  drowning trying to cross to europe via the Aegean sea. 400 deaths just in the past months. Demographics , based on arrivals since January 1st 2015, show that 19% are women, 50% are men and 31% are children.

QUESTION:  How to transform the water unsafe route into a safe responsive territoty?

We focus our proposal in creating a temporary platform between Turkey and Greece insuring a dry, safe crossing, that disolves as soon as the operation ends.

Elimination of contact between refugees and smugglers by eliminationg the need for their service.Taking advantage of available devices and technologies within the refugees hands and try to create an application that facilitates the crossing using GPS.

The Powder life Jacket   Proposed scenario

  1. Putting the life jacket on
  2. Jump into the water
  3. Ice powder releasing embedded in the jacket
  4. Chemical reaction transforming powder into ice around the human body taking the shape of a donut
  5. Floating ice platform is ready, the person unfastens his life jacket and gets on top of the ice
  6. The person is now on top of the “ICE boat” and starts using his smartphone for the “GPS Safe trip” application
  7. The person will use the application to track and find relevant aggregation point according to climate conditions and distance.This point is always changing
  8. The application will include wind indications helping the traveler to move his ice boat towards the aggregation point
  9. All Ice boats will aggregate in one point
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Visualization of the different steps of the process using the Powder life Jacket

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Iceberg crossing methaphor, representing a safe “bridge” between both sides. The project can be read as a “Loud cry” to stop people from drowning by using their social group skills combined with a technology layer

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Visualization on how the different Ice Boats start aggregating with the support of a GPS app, forming clusters which enable bigger surfaces to walk across

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ICE BOAT is a project of IaaC, Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia

developed at Master in Advanced Architecture, in 2016 by:
Students: Jose Javier Fernandez Ponce, Michel al Azzi, Firas SafieddineFaculty: Pablo Ros, Marco Ingrassia