View impressions of ‘Spaces of Solidarity’ research and design projects

By Miriam Alexandroff, Noora Aljabi, Nadia Asfour, Keara Cormier-Hill, Tessa Crespo, Yazmin Crespo, Guangyu Du, Panharith Ean, Aleiya Evison, Armida Fernandez, Marcus Forbes, Esesua Ikpefan, Eunsu Kim, Angela Mayrina, Gabby Preston, Delaram Rahim, Alexandra Sanyal, Carolina Sepulveda, Daniel Shieh, Daniela Teran, Aime Vailes-Macarie, Alexandru Vilcu, Jingxuan Zhang

Impressions of the ‘UN Peacekeeping Missions in Urban Environments. The Legacy of UNMIL’ research, publication and events are available online.


FAST is honored to contribute to ‘Constructing Realities.’ Lecture Series, Spring 2019. The Bartlett School of Architecture

The event will take place in January 24, 2018, from 6:30 pm  to 8:30 pm.

Link to further information on the program and the event.

Invitation: UN Peacekeeping Missions in Urban Environments and the Legacy of UNMIL. Nov 30, 2018, at the UN HQ in NYC

The Foundation for Achieving Seamless Territory (FAST), New York University’s Center on International Cooperation (CIC) and the Permanent Mission of Australia, the Permanent Mission of the UK, the Permanent Mission of Liberia and the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea, are pleased to invite you to the presentation of the collaborative project and publication “UN Peacekeeping Missions in Urban Environments: The Legacy of UNMIL.” The presentation will be followed by a discussion. 

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Online impressions of ‘Atlas of the Conflict, Israel Palestine’



International Solidarity, Shelters and Refuge by Håvard Breivik

Built environment professionals find it difficult to engage in the urban crisis dialogue, and lack entry points to contribute their expertise, and while humanitarian and development actors now welcome their participation, the history of spatial contributions in crisis contexts might explain some of the reasons for why the two sectors are not working better together: a common perception that the Shelter should be the main deliverable. The world is more complex than that, but so is the expertise inherent in the diverse built environment sector.

Building Coastal Resilience By Impactful Community Engagement by Magdalena Ayed

Building Coastal Resilience By Impactful Community Engagement is a lecture by Magdalena Ayed. In this talk, Magdalena, Executive Director, will discuss how Harborkeepers, a small grassroots coastal environmental advocacy non-profit is building coastal resilience in East Boston through impactful coastal programming, trust-based community engagement and through cross-sector partnership-building. The speaker will highlight the model of engagement they have developed that is breaking traditional urban planning ‘siloes’ and helping to foster critical connections that help build sustainable coastal resiliency.

Solidarity Movements in Athens by Cristina Ampatizdou.

The post-2008 austerity measures imposed on Greece made public space in the city of Athens the prime target of economic development and city marketing. These processes are based on aesthetic strategies of ‘cleaning up’ and imposing a certain visual order while disposing signs of deprivation and exclusion in the streets. Public space is embellished, cleaned, and redeveloped not as the result of prosperity but as an instigator of financial investment. Referencing the work of Chantal Mouffe and Jacques Rancière and illustrating a series of cases, this presentation will demonstrate how this exclusionary ‘police order’ of neoliberal consensus confirms and reinforces the borders between the visible and invisible, acceptable and unacceptable. Simultaneously, however, activist groups and civil society initiatives, which have flourished in the post-2008 period, also use public space as the primary arena to contest its privatization and beautification. These actions put forward a more democratic aesthetics of redistribution, based on difference, which emerges as soon as the implemented order meets the world of complexity, boundaries, and resistance.

Lecture: Spaces of Solidarity and Design Activism by Malkit Shoshan at Waterloo Architecture.

In this lecture, Shoshan will present case studies from Foundation for Achieving Seamless Territory’s (FAST) ongoing investigations and engagements with conflict and post-conflict areas. On the intersection of research and design activism, Shoshan will examine how global and national processes and policies contribute to the formation of the built environment. With a focus on border dynamics, migration and systemic segregation, FAST’s projects explore the agency of design in supporting and enacting actions of solidarity.

The Foundation for Achieving Seamless Territory (FAST) is an Amsterdam- and New York-based architectural think-tank that initiates and develops cross-disciplinary research, advocacy, and design projects at the intersection of architecture, urban planning, and human rights. FAST is directed by Malkit Shoshan.

Solidarity is a noun, but what are your verbs? A lecture by Michiel van Iersel #spacesofsolidarity

Borders and Territories II: Spatial Representations of Connections and Disconnections

The second symposium in the ANCB programme Borders and Territories: Identity in Place with Nadine Godehardt, Malkit Shoshan, and Lucas Verweij.

Lecture by Nirit Peled: Prison Photography. A Temporary Contact. Sep 20th at Harvard GSD. #spacesofsolidarity

Spaces of Solidarity website is now online

FAST joined the Global Alliance for Urban Crises

The Global Alliance for Urban Crises is a global, multi-disciplinary and collaborative community of practice. It is a ‘network of networks’ working to prevent, prepare for and effectively respond to humanitarian crises in urban settings.

Our contribution to ‘Dimensions of Citizenship.’ Form N-X00

US Pavilion
Biennale Architettura 2018
May 26–November 25

To read more:

‘Peacekeeping Missions in Urban Environments: The Legacy of UNMIL.’ Our event at the UNHQ, NYC: May 30, 2018

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