Reactivating the community
This project is about giving Fochriw a global character and connection by repopulating it with refugees from all over the world.
“Rural communities need to truly engage with today’s society in order to survive and prevent extinction. Their desire to reach out and connect with the rest of the world could be inspired by mixing cultures from across the planet, making rural communities feel part of something bigger and encouraging honest engagement. Usually those mixings take place in urban areas, enhancing their global and connected character. The same idea can be applied to rural places making them more present and active communities.
Through residential and civic architecture that respects all cultural identities and celebrates their union, this social vision can come to reality. It is hoped that spatial change in the rural community will stimulate communal change as well, encouraging it and accommodating it. The spatial change has the form of a re-energized ‘heart’ of the village which provides spaces and opportunities for people with different experiences to collaborate.”