Project, Blue: The Architecture of UN Peace Missions, 2007-ongoing
Mali, Liberia (field research)
United Nations (UN) peacekeeping missions unfold across hundreds of conflict-affected regions around the world. For added security, the bases for these missions are engineered as self-sustaining islands, walled off from their surroundings. The BLUE research and design project reenvisions UN camps not as temporary and closed forts but catalysts for local development. The proposed redesigned bases would provide better access to basics like water and medical treatment, exchanges of knowledge and resources by creating dedicated facilities for local civilians, and a lasting legacy. The structures would be designed and built using local techniques so that the base could be integrated into the city after the mission leaves.