Design studio 1week1project has proposed a creative way to tackle the ongoing refugee crisis in Paris, where thousands of refugees are still estimated to be sleeping rough. In a proposal called “Illuminate Paris!”, the designers envision a series of modular lantern-like shelters that could provide temporary housing beneath the capital’s bridges. Built of recycled materials, the cylindrical structures could also be used for other purposes – from retail to performance space – and would cast an attractive glow at night.
Still in its conceptual phase, “Illuminate Paris!” targets the reclamation of the city’s underused areas into functional, artistic, and adaptable spaces. “[It] supports the City’s approach and the Associations who give assistance to the refugees (France Terre d’Asile, Emmaus) into the migrant crisis by creating a field of experiences and learning, unifying and fun, open to all in order to change our vision and practices in the urban world,” wrote 1week1project. “The project proposes a simple solution: to reclaim public spaces under the aerial subway line in a civic, collective and concrete way to gather Parisians and refugees thanks to a modular, multifunctional and reversible installation.”
The mobile lantern-like structure would be built of recycled transparent polypropylene canvas wrapped around a coil spring bamboo tube measuring 13 feet in width and 23 feet in height. A rope tied to the middle of the modular frame can be tied to anchor the structure to floor. The designers believe the project could be used for multipurpose programming including temporary housing, performances, and pop-up retail.
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