Zaatari Marketplace

With fellow UofT M.Arch alumnae Meaghan Burke and Dina Sabie, we developed a market proposal for al-Zaatari camp. As the marketplace is a testament to the resilience and skill of the refugees, this design seeks create an infrastructure for self-building, foster a sense of ownership, and provide a safe environment to operate within for women and minors. Like the traditional souq, the design is incremental and forms over time. The main anchors are the market squares, which are structures designed to be filled with shops of various sizes. The squares provide public space for community activities. As the market develops, the market squares join along a pedestrian street, flanked by frames for live/work units, expandable over time. This project was a 2017 Ideation Worldwide Place and Displacement finalist.