The idea behind the drawing
As Mickael Minghetti sees it, one of the most publicised housing projects of this year didn’t even involve architects:
“Refugee camps, like the one in Calais, France, has received prolific news coverage. Images of decrepit tents, muddy ground, and bright plastic sheeting were used to report the poor conditions of these settlements. This drawing aims to question the role of architects in this crisis,” Minghetti says and elaborates:
“Our tools, technical drawings, models, and renderings, seem unfit to address these conditions. Producing a technical drawing of a refugee tent is absurd, but I hope it helps us to find better ways to address these challenges.”
The drawing was made with a common CAD Drafting software. Minghetti’s inspiration for both design and concept came from a classic work of art:
“To create the drapery of the tent, I traced over the dress of Marianne in the painting Liberty Leading the People by Eugène Delacroix. This painting commemorates the revolution of 1830, and it became a symbol of Liberty in the French culture, ” he says.
“Those seeking asylum today in Europe strive for the same ideal of liberty. For me, the final drawing still resonates with Delacroix’s artwork, even if the reference becomes invisible.”