A TASTE OF HEARTH
Tabor Furr | ARCH 4011 | Fall 2016
The hearth is the center of a home; the warmth of a place. It creates togetherness because it creates food.
The refugees from all different countries on the island are stuck there for what seems like a permanent amount of time in temporary shelters, so I designed a permanent shelter with a temporary culture in the form of a market. This gives the refugees a sense of ownership of a place but through freedom, movement, and flux since it is most likely not their desired destination.
But how is this market helping the relations between the locals and the refugees? The problem I first noticed in my empathic research.
Rome gives food to these refugees every day. What if instead, they gave vouchers. The refugees could use their vouchers at the market, to either buy meals or produce. The vendors can then cash the vouchers into the government for money from Rome.
Because of this system, the friction between the locals and the refugees can diffuse since it creates a positive outcome for the refugees being there. It pumps money into Lampedusa’s local economy and gives jobs and incomes to the refugees who become vendors, themselves.
It’s an overrated yet underused solution, bringing people together with food. In a foreign country, where people have been forced to flee their homes, this market will also be a little taste of home, a taste of hearth.