The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Mr. Bert Koenders, invites you to the presentation on 26 January 2016 of the project BLUE: ISLANDS IN CITIES by Malkit Shoshan, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.  In the same building an exhibition will open about the project, a precursor to the presentation that will be on view at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale.

 BLUE: ISLANDS IN CITIES aims to involve ar­chitecture and design in the development of  UN peacekeeping bases. Shoshan focused on the peacekeeping mission as an expression of an ‘architecture of conflict’ and examined the Dutch approach to UN peacekeeping operations. The United Nations regards this work as exemplary in the way that it connect­s Defence, Diplomacy and Development. Shoshan adds a fourth ‘D’, that of Design. Through such an integrated approach to the design of UN bases, es­sential support can be given to local populations. Furthermore, the bases can leave a sustainable physical legacy that is ben­eficial to the development and stability of the local community, even after peacekeeping operations terminate.

BLUE: ISLANDS IN CITIES proposes to see the UN base not as a closed fortress, but as a catalyst for local development. The research is focused on the legacy of UN bases in Africa, and on the integrated approach through which the Nether­lands contributes to UN peacekeeping missions.

A project by the Dutch/Israeli architect Malkit Shoshan, who has been selected by Het Nieuwe Instituut to curate the Dutch Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale (28 May-27 November).