spaces OF SOLIDARITY
Spaces of Solidarity is a research project, an online archive and a publishing platform that collect , develop and share models of place based solidarity.
‘Spaces of Solidarity’ aims at examining community-driven spaces and spatial processes that pool and share resources to build social cohesion in times of crisis or absence of government, at a variety of scales, places, and contexts. ‘Spaces of Solidarity’ attempts to explore environments of community formation and open up a dialogue about the agency of design in enacting and facilitating actions of solidarity.
Solidarity is equally a product of imagination and pragmatism. One must be able to imagine forms of human coexistence but must also be able to produce spaces and coordinate actual processes for distributing resources and creating access to services. Production of solidarity involves all spatial scales of human communities: one can have solidarity with his or her peers, a society can demonstrate collective solidarity towards those in need and states can show solidarity towards each other or the natural world.
Values of solidarity extend beyond survival; they enable us to build relations with multiple communities and with strangers, develop cultures, a commons, economic or ecological systems, and designs.
‘Spaces of Solidarity’ will look at individuals and communities coming together and generating new forms of care and mutual support. Examples include community gardens, time banks, women cooperation, methadone clinics, tent cities, shelters and other sanctuaries.
This online platform aims at accumulating showcases, methods and design tools to make visible and share spaces and imaginaries of solidarity in a variety of scales and territories.
Spaces of Solidarity is initiated, developed and curated by FAST: Foundation for Achieving Seamless Territory and generously supported by The Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation and Harvard Graduate School of Design
Editors: Cristina AmpatzidouMalkit ShoshanPelin Tan Visual artist and graphics: Mary Ponomareva