Connective Threads in Jordan

2.5 cm 9 cm 2.5 cm 2.5 cm 5 cm 2.5 cm 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Sew parallel lines across the entire module Cut/slash only the clothing and wool blanket layers between the vertical lines Fold flaps down and sew to create desired shapes Cut canvas, shock blanket, and wool blanket into top and bottom modules Follow the same process as exterior panels (steps 3-7) to create slashing patterns 71 53 56 cm 76 cm 10 11 12 13 9 Cut wool blankets into 4 sheets and then cut canvas into 4 larger sheets Cut, unfold, and arrange selected clothing articles atop of the wool and canvas layers Pin layers together (clothes over wool blanket over canvas) Trim clothing to fit the module size Trace and sew desired shapes over pinned layers 5 6 7 8 5 cm 9 cm 9 cm 2.5 cm 18 cm 18 cm 23 cm 23 cm 2.5 cm 2.5 cm 2.5 cm Sew vertical parallel lines Cut/slash only the jean layer between the vertical lines Fold and sew slashed Sew5 modules together along the long edge to form a panel 2.5cm 2.5cm 30.5cm 71 cm 51 cm 23cm 112 cm 51 cm 23cm 2.5cm 2.5cm Cut canvas and shock blanket into modules 1 Cut off jeans’ legs to fit the module size 2 Pin the jeans over the shock blanket over the canvas 3 Sew the pinned fabrics along the long edge (for larger modules, in the middle of the fabric) 4 ) T-Serai Car Port Party Tent ﻣﻨﻔﺬﺳﻴﺎرة ﻗﺎﻋﺔ ﺧﻴﻤﺔإﺣﺘﻔﺎﻻت ﺗﻲ-ﻣﻠﺠﺄ ~ 1100 BCE 1867 1914 1900 1800 1900 PRESENT BEDOUIN 1500 OTTOMAN QAJAR KH. + = cultural shelters Building on textile arts histories in nomadic architecture Ottoman mobile palace: 17th century pitched roof tent, Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel. Displaced Syrians at the Azraq Refugee Camp reveal the cultural, emotional and aesthetic needs of refugees within a context of scarcity, war trauma, constraints of confinement, and struggle for a future: A Majlis made out of humanitarian textiles (left), mud monument to the Palmyra Arch (middle), vertical herb garden (right). The modular system and decorative structure of the T-Serai panels is inspired by historical precedents of the mobile architecture tradition of the region: the Ottoman and the Khedival khayamiya tent panels. Connective threads re-interprets the layered ornamental needlework commonly met in tent panels, the applique, to the layered ornamental slashing of fabric also known as reverse applique. T-Serai, a mobile palace for population on the move. Interior view of the T-Shelter. Photomontage of a T-Shelter interior with the application of the T-Serai. humanizing humanitarian design from T-Shelter to T-Serai As global displacement numbers are rising due to the acceleration of climate change, it is imperative to address the increased cultural vulnerability of people fleeing from conflict and disasters. While humanitarian institutions prioritize supporting the basic biological needs, the T-Serai outlines a cultural approach to humanitarian intervention, addressing problems of lacking cultural infrastructures in refugee camps. The project mitigates the lacking capacity of displaced populations to access means for cultural resilience. It counters the logic of the T-Shelter with alternative architectures for the displaced inspired by the nomadic architecture of the region and the creative production of displaced Syrians at the Azraq Refugee Camp. T-Shelter: The temporary prefabricated housing unit for displaced Syrians at the Azraq Refugee Camp, Jordan. Historic precedents: Mobile architecture tradition of the MENA region Contemporary standardized mobile architecture How to make a T-Serai panel PRESERVATION OF CULTURAL HERITAGE ON THE MOVE

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