AA VS CY 2014 July 21st to July 24th – Nicosia July 24th to August 1st – Kato Pyrgos The Architectural Association Cyprus Visiting School for 2014 joins brief, participants and structure with the annual Summer Workshop sponsored by the Cyprus Architects Association and hosted/organized by the School of Architecture at the University of Nicosia. The objective for 2014 is to assemble a diverse and dynamic group of students and young practitioners, both from Cyprus and abroad for a 2 week fabrication period aiming to construct floating components and addressing issues of refugee relief in relation to the U.N. operations corps in Cyprus. FARRCo – Fast Assembly Refugee Relief Components The 2014 AA Visiting School marks a change not in the brief’s concept but in the workshop’s scope. Since 2010 the mapping of the UN Buffer Zone has been a priority, starting from Famagusta and moving to Athienou in 2013. True to our site location preference for proximity to the UN Buffer Zone, this year we will based around the areas of Kato Pyrgos, Kokkina enclave and Lefka. But while in the previous workshops we were addressing urban issues in relation to the rehabilitation of refugees and future users of areas within or around the Buffer Zone, this year we are focusing on the United Nations personnel operating on the island for more than 50 years. The 2014 AA Visiting School aims to fabricate components that enable UN operations to achieve their goal of peacekeeping and quick refugee relief. Escape via water The mass movement of populations in Cyprus, as a result of the 1974 Turkish invasion, took place exclusively on land. But the Kokkina enclave on the north-west coast of Cyprus speaks of a different story. Turkish Cypriots could only, until recently, travel to and from the enclave only by sea. This concept of escape by the sea is what we are researching this year. If water is the only safe passage away from a zone of conflict, how can this passage be crossed efficiently and speedily via the assistance of the UN. Components How can rapidly assembled components, lightweight and easy to transport, assist refugees to escape conflict zones? How can these components be packed by U.N. peacekeepers in order to be transferred easily and efficiently in order to reach the conflict area as fast as possible? Group Work The structure of the workshop will be based on competing group work. Each team will go through design and fabrication processes, responding to the brief with a task of achieving a structure that can sustain human load and still be able to be partially placed into water or float in the sea.