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Connecting the Isolated
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå School of Architecture.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis [Artistic work]
Abstract [en]

Globalization is increasing the interaction between people on a worldwide scale due to advances in transportation and communication technology. Interactions between nation-states and individuals allowed for the growth of international trade, ideas, and culture. People are not bound to places anymore and are at home in all countries, but what happens to those excluded from globalization?

 

The project is designed in Midyat, a south-eastern city in Turkey. Midyat is the center of a larger area, called Turabdin, with several villages. The people in and around Midyat grow up in a different socio-cultural context, then we do in the Western welfare condition. They grow up in a part of the world where Christian and Muslim minorities have fled to. The area has worked as a sanctuary for minorities, but also suffered from genocides. Almost everyone is multilingual, speaking Turkish, a little English because it is mandatory in school, Kurdish, Syriac and Assyrian. Most people are poor or lower middle class, not affording the latest phones or laptops. There is no public transportation. Either you own a car, take a taxi or walk. This makes it difficult, especially for children, to get from the village to the city.

The children go to elementary school in their village, but there are no high schools in the villages, which means that the education offered for the children is limited to the age of 14. After school they have no other option than to get a job, which usually means following in their fathers’ footsteps. For young women, taking care of the house and waiting for a man to propose is usually what awaits. These children are isolated and not part of our globalized world.  

 

My design proposal is a high school with housing possibilities, in Midyat. The main users will be children from different villages, with different backgrounds and cultures. In school they will be given the opportunity to continue towards an academic life. By going to school and live together, they will learn to accept each other’s differences, and to co-exist. They will be given a chance to take more control over their own life and future.

 

I want to create a new educational ground that fits our changing world, with an open environment, avoiding long monotonous corridors. Basing from the idea that learning occurs in social and cultural settings, I want to transform traditional classrooms to allow for more social learning arrangements, connecting each of them to courtyards. Since the children will be living on the campus, I believe it is of importance to distance the living, educational and leisure areas while still being closely connected.  

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 6
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Architecture
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-156517OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-156517DiVA, id: diva2:1289671
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Architecture Program
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2018-05-21, 16:27 (English)
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Available from: 2019-06-27 Created: 2019-02-18 Last updated: 2019-06-27Bibliographically approved

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