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No Man's Land: A Water Commons

Architecture & Urban Design


No Man’s Land: A Water Commons is a commentary on the displacement of the Syrian refugees in the north-eastern border zone between the Syrian and Jordanian berms. Rather than seeing the zone as a holding area, this proposal seeks to inhabit the berm and empower refugees by using fog harvesting, wastewater management, permaculture and landscaping techniques to create the possibility of an autonomous No Man’s Land. Through the harvesting of this scarce resource not only is a humanitarian crisis mitigated but it proposes to create a different strategy for organizing emergency migration and a long term ecological solution for Jordan’s water infrastructure. The project seeks to respond to a human...

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