By identifying common patterns of migration into the Indian subcontinent, while pinpointing contemporary issues of land utilization, resource distribution -and production- we highlighted Delhi as an interesting example of resilience. In parallel to that, the Rohingya humanitarian crisis has been incredibly challenging for South Asian countries, especially those dealing with pre-existing conditions of poverty and infrastructural deficiencies; we are nevertheless interested in the potential of a mega city as Delhi to deal with this challenge.
The question in this context then, is perhaps how to address pre-existing problems in the city -like for instance, the conflicted situation of disregard and neglect of the Yamuna farmers- through the seemingly problematic insertion of new economic networks. However, we can think of these insertions as an opportunity for developmental regeneration: establish the influx of refugees not as a liability, but as an asset for the city.
We propose to re-imagine the idea of a refugee camp, from a marginalized ghetto to an economic powerhouse.
In that manner, the project consists of an incremental architectural system that relies in the coordination of processes of cooperation between Rohingya refugees and Yamuna farmers. In a larger scale, this can function as a networked infrastructure capable of mediating different scales of action: between rural dynamics and urban demands, between pre-existing issues of ownership and future possibilities of construction, between stages of instability and structural violence on to equitable and peaceful organizations. ‘Madhyam’ or the Medium, serves as an adaptable infrastructure composed of static and mobile architectures, which can plug into the economic networks of the Yamuna farmers as a way to incentivize fair trade and a direct producer-to-consumer link, while assuring a positive insertion of incomers into pre-existing urban settlements.