The Foundation for Achieving Seamless Territory is an Amsterdam and NY-based architecture think-tank that initiates and develops research, design and advocacy projects on the intersection between architecture, planning, and human rights.
FAST projects include the award-winning book ‘Atlas of the Conflict: Israel-Palestine,’ the book ‘Village. One Land Two Systems and Platform Paradise,’ the exhibitions ‘BLUE: Architecture of UN Peacekeeping Missions’ as the Dutch entry to the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale and ‘Border Ecologies’ at Harvard GSD in 2017.
Presently, FAST investigates the impacts and legacies of UN missions on cities in collaboration with global policy institutes, where it strives to develop tools and strategies to empower communities living in conflict-affected cities.
FAST research and design work has been published in newspapers and journals including the New York Times, The Guardian, NRC, Haaretz, Volume, Surface, Frame, Metropolis, and exhibited in venues including the Boijmans Museum (2017), Harvard GSD (2017), UN Headquarters in NYC (2016), Venice Architecture Biennale (2002, 2008, 2016), Experimenta (2011), Het Nieuwe Instituut (2014), The Istanbul Design Biennale (2014), The Israel Digital Art Center (2012), and The Netherlands Architecture Institute (2007).
FAST is led by Malkit Shoshan.
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.
Main research, project grants, and awards:
- The Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (2018)
- UK Mission to the UN (2017)
- Australian Mission to the UN (2017)
- Curry Stone Social Design Prize (2016)
- Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and The New Institute (2016)
- The Graham Foundation (2015)
- The Netherlands Creative Industries Fund (2015, 2012)
- The Netherlands Best Book Design Award (2012)
- Leipzig Golden Medal Book Award (2012)
- Mondriaan Foundation (2012)
- Rollercoaster. The image in the 21st Century Award (2011)
- Agah Kahn Award. Project Award Nomination (2010)
- The Dutch Embassy (2008)
- Fonds BKVB (2008)
- EuroCult (2008)
- LINKIS OXFAM NOVIB (2007)
- Fonds BKVB (2007 and 2006)
- The Netherlands Architecture Fund (Multiple grants for publications, exhibitions and public events in the years 2004 – 2008)