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The society in karantina is a culmination of many different, coexisting traditions and backgrounds, it embraces the spirit of its multilayered past. Its people have enjoyed the true meaning of belonging to a place, which has been reflected through their built environment. People lived and worked with each other in a place that gave them a sense of belonging.
The objective of the project is planning and organizing the rapidly growing density of refugee camps in form of a shelter and improving their living conditions by introducing new infrastructure that is inspired from their rich history and culture. The design process starts with one human and his needs which creates the smallest unit, and then develops a modular system around a unit. Adding further units, let the houses grow in any direction for different needs and offer a great amount of flexibility to react to different situations.
When the dwellings come together, they create the clusters, the clusters create the neighborhood and the neighborhood creates the village. This approach takes on thoughts of a society, where each person is equally important from a larger community.
The dwellings are interspersed with working spaces and green spaces created through scaffolding systems, providing the refugees with a series of public amenities and facilities to the modular system. These structures that are considered as complimentary to the proposed housing unit, becomes the essential and the core of the interplay between the residents themselves, as well as the refugees and the inhabitants of the neighborhood.

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