Presentation to NI Human Rights Commission
On Monday 24th February, some students from Public CoLab 2020 (a one-week project where architecture students from Stage 1 and MArch 1 collaborate) had the opportunity to present their work to the Commissioners of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission: collaborative partner for this year’s Public CoLab.
The Theme 10 group were tasked with investigating and projecting ways in which a high greenhouse gas emission scenario will affect peoples’ human rights, specifically in the Holylands area of Belfast. An essential part of the research for the project was to meet the ‘Humans of the Holylands’ by spending time chatting to those who live and work there. The architecture students interviewed approximately 15 people from a diverse demographic. They summarised their findings into three key themes: Food, Shelter, and Security. Based on these three themes they presented two stark alternatives: a utopian future in 2100 where climate action is taken and a better world is created by embracing climate change; and a dystopian future in 2100 which exacerbates the problem of climate change and explores what a world of inaction could look like and its effect on the ‘Humans of the Holylands.’
To see more about this project click here.