INTERCULTURAL COMMUNAL LIVING AS A CATALYST FOR REFUGEE INTEGRATION
by Anne-Flore Smits
Nature avoids monocultures and lives in diversity to feed its system. The harmonious living between living forms is known as symbiosis. Through intercultural communal living, symbiosis is regenerated, where the forgotten lives of refugees can integrate back into to society. With local and foreign amalgamation, the most vulnerable group in society can write their own futures. The design defined by social-communal connectivity incorporates multi-use courtyards, creating a unique spatial arrangement within the male and female quarter, and central community compound. A common roof with various environmental qualities ensures the proposed and established buildings receive minimal solar radiation, that is experienced in its extreme within Cameroon’s Far North capital of Maroua.