GHETTO: Sanctuary for Sale

PrizeHonorable Mention in Architectural Design / Conceptual Architecture
Firm LocationVancouver, Canada
CompanyHenriquez Partners Architects
Lead ArchitectGregory Henriquez
Design TeamEditors: Gregory Henriquez, Patricia Tewfik, Sarah Schlegelmilch; Graphic Novelist: Wei Li; Writers: Patricia Tewfik, Marya Cotton Gould; Henriquez Team: Peter Wood, Sarah Schlegelmilch, Nicolette Williams, Sara Zonouzi, Quinci Cohen; Book & Exhibit Design: Zacharko Design; Architectural Renderings: Bartosz Palus

The theme of the 2021 Venice Architecture Biennale, “How will we live together?” encourages individuals to consider the role of the architect in creating spaces for inclusion, questioning the architect's role as a “cordial convener and a custodian of the spatial contract”. GHETTO, our theoretical project, imagines a physical conduit for the redistribution of wealth from tourists to refugees by transferring the equity garnered in the development process in a mutually beneficial manner. This model can be applied across a variety of geographies and contexts to provide a myriad of social benefits.