Natalie Bellefleur

Department of Architecture

The Passage

A passage within architectural discourse refers to a narrow space which leads from one place to another. It is the intermediary zone between two defined programmes. It is a moment of transition, where the ambiguity of its claim facilitates for multiple crossings which lead to unexpected interactions and transactions. This thesis explores the current and projected intersection of passages within the context of the Mediterranean Sea. The speculation of this thesis is to ask if architecture can aid in producing a platform from which a mutually beneficial relationship can form between that of irregular migrants and the renewable energy sector. Following the peak of irregular migrants crossing by sea in 2015, new policies—including the closing of national borders—have led to migrants attempting more dangerous passages. As a result, fatalities have increased while simultaneously search and rescue responses have become more political in nature. The sea in the eyes of the migrant has become a barrier. In the eyes of renewable energy corporations and policy makers the sea is awaiting harvest. There lies the potential for a hybrid form of infrastructure, one in which a mutually beneficial relationship can exist between the social and technological agenda.

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