The need for a social common space
The piazza can be seen as an extension of someone's own house, and can be recognized as an area in which experiences, emotions, feelings and daily activities can be shared in order to help deal with the trauma and confusion due to migration.
As for anyone who lives in a community, a small village, a neighborhood or city, also the people who are now forced to live in refugee camps had the same social habits of meeting up with friends or family, at home, but also outdoors, in a square or a park.
An organized, shared public area can become fundamental whilst trying to regain stability and normality in everyday life.
A recognized place in which people can meet up, establish relationships, read, learn or play is in fact necessary.
In this respect “Maidan Tent” aims to provide these benefits and these common areas. Its organized framework becomes incorporated with the camp providing important additional social gathering areas.
“Maiden tent” meets the need of having an appropriate place where to meet up, being able to work, play and pursue activities sheltered from adverse weather conditions.
Moreover, it intends to provide a location where migrants can free themselves from the daily routine of the refugee camp which can become demoralizing due to prolonged inactivity and boredum.