Can architecture combat intolerance?,
It seems that respect for others is still far from prevailing in humanity. In a world where we are bombarded with news of various forms of violence,
It is always necessary to find ways to recognize the value and dignity of every person and respect differences.
We need to develop tolerance for what we do not know, and in this regard, architecture can be an important ally.
As a built object and cultural product, architecture can play a crucial role in promoting diversity and alleviating intolerance.
Today, on the International Day for Tolerance – a date established by the United Nations in 1995 to affirm the right of every individual to freedom of thought, conscience and religion,
We showcase buildings that serve as symbols and spaces to discuss, protect and celebrate diverse ways of being.
These structures demonstrate that by building inclusive spaces, we can break down barriers and cross borders to connect with those different from us.
In doing so, we open new horizons for each individual through meaningful exchanges.
Aiming to resonate conceptually with the United States’ deep African heritage, Freelon Adjaye Bond won the competition to design the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.
The museum guides visitors on a historical and emotional journey through wide, column-free spaces, dramatic entrances of natural light, and a diverse material palette.
Including precast concrete, wood, and glass skin behind a bronze envelope.
Through its design, program, and content, this project is a showcase for all Americans, demonstrating how their stories and cultures are shaped and influenced by global factors,
With a special focus on the perspective of the Black community.
Design of the Memory Museum
Also as a result of a public competition, the Museum of Memory and Human Rights in Santiago, Chile, was designed by Mario Figueroa, Lucas Vier and Carlos Dias.
Among the various aspects of the project, a notable feature is the “inside-out” transparency effect, which is achieved through a combination of glass and copper encapsulation.
Especially at night when the building turns into a magnificent urban lamp resting above the square.
This subtle and powerful symbolism stems from the architectural design, ensuring that the museum’s memory and importance remain rooted in everyday life in Chile.
Yasmine Lari’s humanitarian work is challenging to highlight just one project, but it’s worth noting how she uses traditional techniques
To weave architecture that addresses important local social issues.
For example, when constructing community buildings and women’s centers in different villages in Sindh, Pakistan, they recognize women’s needs for social spaces outside the home,
Separate from public areas. These spaces contribute to supporting and empowering women.
In this context, it is worth noting the conversion of a former mixed-use tower in Shenzhen into the Women and Children’s Center .
The space, implemented by MVRDV, features a facade that shines with vibrant colors in the city center and provides luxury spaces for women and children.
These spaces include a library, an auditorium, a children’s theater, and a “discovery room.”
In addition, there are treatment rooms specifically designed to meet the mental health needs of the community.
Working with marginalized communities
Working with marginalized communities is also a way to combat intolerance and provide new life opportunities for citizens.
The Kamwokya Community Centre, designed by Keré Architecture, aims to preserve and celebrate the public, open character of the site rather than impose a new aesthetic.
By gently expanding this space using a language familiar to the locals, along with technical quality that ensures user comfort,
The community takes ownership and pride in the space, and actively contributes to its management.
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