The Foundation for Achieving Seamless Territory is an Amsterdam-based architectural think-tank that works on the intersection between architecture, planning, and human rights. FAST initiates and develops cross-disciplinary projects that reflect on the political, the cultural and the social contexts that form the built environment. FAST uses planning processes and design imaginaries to promote the improvement of the quality of the built environment and people’s livelihoods in conflict-affected regions.
FAST is led by Malkit Shoshan.
Past projects include the award-winning book Atlas of the Conflict: Israel-Palestine and the book Village, which recounts the processes behind and the results of One Land Two Systems and Platform Paradise projects in the Palestinian village of Ein Hawd.
Presently, FAST works to improve the livelihood in cities struck by wars and conflicts, in collaboration with various experts in the field of design, anthropology, economy, landscape, architecture, as well as with NGOs, the Dutch Ministries of Defense and Foreign Affairs and with UN actors. Current projects include Design for Legacy, BLUE: Architecture of UN Peacekeeping Missions and Sustaining Peace in an Urban World.
In the past years, FAST’s projects have been generously supported by The Creative Industries Fund NL, The Mondriaan Foundations, The Graham Foundation, EFL Stichting, OXFAM-Novib, EuroCult, and The Curry Stone Award.
Grants and awards
Curry Stone Prize for Social Design. Awarded (2016). Trip subsidy Mali. Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and The New Institute (NL) Awarded (2016). The Graham Foundation (USA) Publication Grant (2015). Creative Industries Fund (NL) Research Grant (2015). Creative Industries Fund (NL) Publication Grant(2015). Creative Industries Fund (NL) Publication grant (2012). Curry Stone Prize. Award Nomination (2012). The Netherlands Best Book Design Award. First Award ‘Atlas of The Conflict, Israel-Palestine.’ (2012). Leipzig Golden Medal Book Award ‘Atlas of The Conflict, Israel-Palestine.’ (2012). Mondriaan Foundation (NL). Research and exhibition grant. (2012) Rollercoaster. The image in the 21st Century Award (2011). Agah Kahn Award. Project Award Nomination (2010). The Dutch Embassy (IL). Event Grant. Awarded (2008). Fonds BKVB (NL). Curatorial Grant. Awarded (2008). EuroCult. Research subsidy. Awarded (2008). LINKIS OXFAM NOVIB Research and project grants. Awarded (2007). Fonds BKVB (NL) Starter Stipend. Awarded (2007). The Netherlands Architecture Fund (NL) Research grant. Awarded (2006). The Netherlands Architecture Fund (NL). Series of grants for research and the implementation of the project One Land Two Systems that included an international architecture competition, a magazine, exhibitions and seminars. Awarded (2004-6).