softening boundaries: queer asylum in south africa
The idea of softening boundaries not only speaks to the physicality and tactility of a barrier, but also it speaks to the components within barriers, how those barriers came to be and how they interact and translate onto a subject. My exploration of the boundary lead me to that of the harshness apparent on LGBTQ migrants, in the border practices in South Africa and how this condition follows one beyond the border and into the city.
Essentially the project will aim to create a community of queerness that offers accommodation, economic opportunity, and safety it will explore softness architecturally through the use of textiles, raw materiality, and passive design.
Essentially what I intend to do is soften the boundaries of the internal border through the intersection of the LGBTQ asylum seeker.