New World Summit - Rojava
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This architectural model, developed in close collaboration with architect Paul Kuipers, shows The People’s Parliament of Rojava. The circular design refers to the agora from ancient Greek democracy, but also to the informal circles in which Rojavan communes practice self-governance. The pillars around the circle mention key terms from the social contract of Rojava, the “constitution” of the autonomous region. The roof consists of fragments of different flags of organizations that play a key role in the revolution of Rojava and its daily self-governance. Around the parliament a public park is created, that strengthens Amina Osse’s idea of a “parliament as a public space.” The People’s Parliament of Rojava is a symbol, a sculpture and an architectural manifesto, as much as it is also a place of day to day political assembly.
This cross-section of the roof of the parliament comprises fragments of flags of different organizations that play key roles within the Rojava Revolution and the daily practice of self-governance in the region, developed in close collaboration with designer Remco van Bladel. The roof also forms an index that provides insight in the different character of each organization. Together these fragments of flags form a visual “democratic confederacy” in which the symbolic stars and suns form an “ideological planetarium,” beneath which the assemblies in the parliament will take place.
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