This book is part of the European Cultural Center’s exhibition at the European Cultural Center at Palazzo Mora during the 2021 Venice Architecture Biennale. GHETTO is a theoretical project which proposes wealth transfer from American tourists to Iranian refugees seeking shelter and fundamental human needs, with the intention of creating inclusive cities where all feel welcome.
In collaboration with the UNHCR, HPA proposes GHETTO: Sanctuary for Sale which includes within it a twofold narrative and architectural manifesto while positing the question, “What does it mean to be a citizen?” Two graphic novel narratives, written from both the perspective of the tourist and the refugee, describe how each individual may become a citizen of the collective world community. The book illustrates how the innovative timeshare-refugee housing model inherently supports the potential to change the world view to encourage inclusivity. Demonstrating the studio’s credo in this theoretical project, Henriquez Partners Architects aims to elicit meaningful discussions concerning models of architectural practice that enable diverse cultural landscapes to thrive and promote social good on the tiny planet we call home.
About the authors
Gregory Henriquez is the Managing Partner of Henriquez Partners Architects in Vancouver, BC, Canada, and a leader among a new generation of architects who are reintegrating ethics and activism into the discipline. His work is founded on the belief that meaningful architecture must be a poetic expression of social justice. Gregory's socially, culturally, and environmentally sustainable projects are having a major impact on shaping local communities. He recently completed the socially inclusive Woodward's Redevelopment in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside - a project that is bringing new density and vital body heat to the area. The project is unprecedented in Canada due to its scale, humanitarian aspirations, and complexity. It was awarded a 2011 AIBC Special Jury Award for Outstanding Programming and Place-making, and the National Design Exchange Gold Medal. Currently, Gregory is the Design Architect for TELUS Garden, which will bring Vancouver its first LEED Platinum-certified office tower. Gregory's work has been honoured with numerous design awards, including BC Lieutenant Governor's Medals in Architecture for the Coal Harbour Community Centre and Bruce Eriksen Place, and a Governor General's Medal in Architecture for the Lore Krill Housing Co-op. He is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.
Sarah Schlegelmilch received her Bachelor of Science in Design from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She completed her Master of Architecture at McGill University and finished her thesis on pataphysics with Alberto Pérez-Gómez. She has practiced professionally at Steven Ginn Architects in Nebraska and at Steven Holl Architects in New York City and is currently working at Henriquez Partners Architects.
Patricia Tewfik is a Principal at Henriquez Partners Architects who stewards its strategy, business development, and social impact goals. She has an International Relations background, specializing in Peace, Security, Economics and Development. Prior to joining Henriquez, Patricia’s experience includes advising executives on strategy and growth, working in developing countries for Deloitte’s Consulting practice, as well as collaborations with the World Bank and McKinsey for special engagements. She supports various not-for-profit organizations and has been invited to participate in the UNHCR’s first all Women Leadership Forum. Patricia holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Victoria, is a Certified Professional Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of British Columbia.
Marya Cotten Gould is the author of Citizen City and a lawyer with a sustaining and passionate interest in the intersections of law, architecture, and social justice. Her research centres on the belief that ethical, sustainable, and creative business can be a generator of positive social and environmental change. Ms Gould studied politics and public policy analysis at Pomona College in California and received her juris doctorate from the University of Chicago.
Wei Li is a Chinese-Canadian comic and storyboard artist based in Vancouver, B.C. whose animation and film career entails imagining and drawing fight choreographies, cartoons, and spy intrigue. Through his personal work, he explores the intersection between the human condition and sociopolitics. Wei has received a Daytime Emmy Award in 2020 for his storyboards on the Netflix TV series, Carmen Sandiego. He has produced Lotus Root Children (2010) and Tehura (2021), artistic works through which he aims to provoke thought and focused discussions around societies experiencing social perplexity, the search for self-understanding, and the perception of others in relation to oneself.
At Henriquez, we are a talented and diverse team of 60 people gathered from 36+ countries who collectively bring a multicultural discourse to our studio and depth to our designs. Our goal is to mentor, inspire our people to innovate, and to execute the meaningful work that has been entrusted to us.