The Foundation

The Foundation for Achieving Seamless Territory (FAST) is an Amsterdam and NY based architectural think-tank. We initiate and develop projects on the intersection of architecture, urban planning, and human rights. We use research, advocacy and design to promote social, spatial and environmental justice, equality, and solidarity.

Presently, FAST works with policy institutes, UN agencies, NGOs and multidisciplinary experts to develop programs, research methodologies, policy recommendations and alternative imaginaries, to empower local communities and improve livelihood in conflict-affected environments.

Our recent projects include Border Ecologies, UN Missions in Urban Environments and the Legacy of UNMIL in collaboration with the Center on International Cooperation at NYU and Greening Peacekeeping: The Environmental Impact of UN Peace Operations with the International Peace Institute.

FAST is led by Malkit Shoshan.

In the past years, FAST’s projects have been generously supported by and the Permanent Mission of Australia to the UN (2018/9), The Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (2018), the Permanent Mission of Australia to the UN (2017), Permanent Mission of the UK to the UN (2017). and The Netherlands Creative Industries Fund (2005-2021). Additional  grants and awards include The Silver Lion at the Venice Architecture Biennale (2021); The Curry Stone  Social Design Prize (2016); Publication grant by The Graham Foundation (2015); Publication grants by The Netherlands Creative Industries Fund (2015, 2012); The Netherlands Best Book Design Award (2012); Leipzig Golden Letter Book Award (2012); Publication grant by the Mondriaan Foundation (2010); Rollercoaster: The image in the 21st Century Award (2011); Curatorial and exhibition grants by Fonds BKVB (2008), and multiple grants for publications, exhibitions and public events by The Netherlands Architecture Fund (2004 – 2008).