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The Incarceration of a City: Floating Structures of the In-between by Arwa Qalalwa

In response to the Israeli blockade, residents of the Gaza Strip have dug networks of tunnels to facilitate the movement of goods and people. For her thesis project entitled The Incarceration of a City, Arwa Qalalwa, a recent graduate student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, proposed a development in East Gaza that would feature a more ambitious suite of subterranean amenities: rainwater cisterns, energy generators and aquaponics systems to produce food. The complex, were it ever to be built, would offer both secure, life-sustaining infrastructure and a place to hide when missiles fly.

Award of Merit: A+ Award for Student Work
The Incarceration of a City: Floating Structures of the In-between

The complex, were it ever to be built, would offer both secure, life-sustaining infrastructure and a place to hide when missiles fly.

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