THE BASIC ESSENTIALS 

Researched based project

The Location was a circle with a radius of 1km 

inside the neighborhood metaxourgeio of Athens. 

Topic:

The basic essentials based for homeless people. 

 

How does a space become a place? 

Space and place are familiar words denoting common experiences. 

Place is security, space is freedom. 

We are attached to the one and long for the other. 

 

Non human animals also have a sense of territory and of place. 

Spaces are marked off and defended against intruders. Places are centers of felt value where biological needs, such as those for food, water and procreation are satisfied. 

 

What are basic essentials? What is the need for a home? Talking with people who are homeless. Is their a difference between homeless and roofless?  Maybe your home is only a place you make up in your own mind. Something you dream about and sing about. Maybe it’s not a place on the map at all, but just a story full of people you meet and places you visit, full of books and films you’ve been to. Not afraid of being homesick and having no language to live in. I choose to work with people who live on the streets. There are many in the city circle, with different backgrounds and reasons. They are the eyes and ears of the street. Does the streets become a home? 

 

Main question:

How does a space become a place? 

 

Sub questions:

How is the relation between space and place for homeless people? 

How big is a homeless home radius and activity radius?

How do they create a place? 

What are the basic essentials? 

In what ways do people attach meaning to 

and organize space and place? 

When does an outsider see the space as the place 

of this homeless?

Scroll down to see part of the research and

at the end the outcome of this project. 

GHAITH

With who I spoke everyday.

Homeless for 3 years now.

Coming from Syria. 

He made pictures for me with a disposable camera. 

He presents himself in his place. 

In what ways do people attach meaning to 

and organize space and place? 

When does an outsider see the space 

as the place of this homeless? 

Activity radius vs Home radius of homeless people. 

How to getter your basic needs? Were to find useful trash to construct a shelter? 

Construct a shelter myself 

The shelter is placed in a museum at the end exhibition of this project. 

 

What kind of techniques can I ad on the already large variety of existing constructing techniques of the homeless people. What can I learn from their knowledge? 

 

Out of materials where homeless people 

have access to.

 

Focussing on a shelter which is, foldable, water 

resistance, providing a private place

in a public space. 

 

To give the homeless a kind of stage, that people will understand and see their place.

 

To show my research, and show the important of the use of the sticker which I developed for this project, for Athens, for the basic needs of homeless people. 

HOMELESS ARE WELCOME

To provide the basic needs for homeless, the sticker „Homeless are Welcome” indicates the places where homeless can fulfill their basic needs. It is ment for bars, cafe’s, restaurants, shops, hairdressers ect.  You can decide which of the basic needs you can offer.