A MULTIFUNCTIONAL, VERSATILE, AND SAFE PLACE, WHERE TO TAKE REFUGE IN, WARMING ONE’S HEART
The Maidan tent (from Arabic maydān, which means tent) is the contribution that the two Italian young architects Bonaventura Visconti di Modrone and Leo Bettini Oberkalmsteiner, along with other volunteer professionals, including an engineer, a graphic designer, a journalist, a psychiatrist, who share the same intent, and with the patronage of IOM – International Organization for Migration, the UN migration agency, want to donate to people who live in the refugee camp of Ritsona, Greece. Certified to ISO, the Maidan tent is a large structure designed to be a covered public piazza. It is a safe multifunctional, adaptable space that can host up to 100 people, where they can socialize and share various activities. Actually, during several on-site inspections, designers listened to refugees’ stories, their dramatic and dangerous journeys to get to Europe and escape wars and persecutions, and realized that the distress amongst the refugees is mainly psychological. It is the so-called “migratory trauma” of men, women, elderly and children united and combined by bewilderment and pain. Therefore, in a refugee camp it becomes very important to find stability and socialize. A public, organized common area, in which you can read, learn, play, interact and weave new friendships, can be a fundamental starting place. To develop the project, the designers identified the NGOs ECHO 100Plus NGO, I AM YOU and Maisha Marefu ONLUS as perfect partners for this adventure. A major fundraising initiative is ongoing to ensure that this project can be fulfilled within next summer.