Design for Legacy initiative

Militarized conflicts result in the devastation of the livelihood of millions. Often linked to crises such as migration and climate change, which flow over from one part of the world to another, they increase the pressure put on our living environments and on global missions around the world – in particular, on UN Peace Operations.

Design for Legacy works on the intersection between the built environment, global policy, and local communities. We research the impact and material footprint of international missions. We seek to design innovative models to address conflict, give voice to the local population, and demonstrate the importance of legacy on local environments.

Design for Legacy initiated by Malkit Shoshan with the support of Debra Solomon, Dr. Erella Grassiani and Joël van der Beek.

BLUE: Architecture of UN Peacekeeping Missions. The Dutch entry to the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale. Curated by Malkit Shoshan.
Photographs: Iwan Baan.


Design for Legacy began with a series of conversations and interdisciplinary workshops with various experts and the Dutch Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Defence and Development.

Design for Legacy studies the presence and impact of UN operations in the Sahel.

The project started with a conceptual design process for the future UN Peace Operation base while using Camp Castor in Mali as a case study and the promotion of policy change at the UN and other institutions.

The Design for Legacy initiative is currently researching the decommissioning of the UN Peace Operation in Liberia. This part of the initiative is generously supported by the UK and the Australian missions to the UN, UNMIL headquarters in Monrovia, the Center on International Cooperation at NYU and Terreform.

Design for Legacy is supported by Het Nieuwe Instituut, Creative Industries Fund NL and FAST – The Foundation for Achieving Seamless Territory.

Design for Legacy is based in NYC.

Additional links

Influencing policy: Design for Legacy at the Future Force Conference 

Public advocacy: Design for Legacy in the media

References and resources: Design for Legacy network