Embracing the other
In the year 2016, 65.6 million people were forcibly displaced from their homes. A third of these people are now refugees (UNHCR 2017). As these people seek refuge in other countries, the citizens of the host countries are pushing back with fear of the unknown. In this instance it does not matter to those who fear the other from what the refugees are escaping, nor what it took to get where they are now. An architectural movement is expanding beyond its traditional skills in order to empower those outside of the field to engage with the spatial environments. This opens up the possibility of giving those who have been classified as "other" a voice through a spatial construction. Architectural affect offers an opportunity to create a social commentary through architecture. These sensations are created through the unconscious adaptation of perspective, without the use of cultural symbols (Lavin 2011). In architecture, affect can be fostered with the participation of space and intensified with the interaction between one or more mediums. Through the examination of the experience of refugees who have encountered the fear of "otherness", this thesis looks to translate these memories into an architectural construction that will examine the concept of vocalization through affect and mitigate the fear felt by the host countries.