Author : Jose Eduardo Navarrete Deza

University : Architectural Association School of Architecture

Status : Diploma 2 | RIBA II, 2016

Advisors : Didier Faustino and Kostas Grigoriadis

Title : Ad Hoc Land

Borders are a manifestation of habitation. This project is a critique about the current border situation and acts in an ad hoc basis on the emerging scenarios of the refugee crisis to provide habitation.


The World is divided, there is no globalisation as advertised. During this refugee crisis, borders have been more apparent than we ever thought. Each governmental body defending their own political self-interest. After all political actions were exhausted and no solutions were found, the amount of asylum seekers kept growing. The crossing scenarios were getting worse.  

The Ad Hoc Land private organisation was born. Their first mission was to save people in the sea crossings between Turkey and Greece. After the first year of their establishment, they managed to reduce the number of deaths to zero. But, if these sea crossings continued forever, the Greek island of Lesbos will run out of space. With no real political solution on sight, Ad Hoc land introduces a new type of architecture, an autonomous structural landscape, free from any ruling body, situated in the newly established international corridor between Turkey and Greece. Left without a choice, people will start to inhabit this land. Having a common objective to survive this situation, people will work together to attain safety. However, as the years passed and the panic dissipated, cultural differences started to emerge, creating strong conflicts among the people from the Ad Hoc land. Consequently, people then agreed to establish, once again, borders in order to ensure safety between opposing cultures.

The Ad Hoc Land became like any other land governed by man.


S//A : What’s the most important aspect of this project that we should be aware of?
Jose Eduardo Navarrete Deza_ Paraphrasing Huntington (1996), culture and ideology shape our relationships. But, cultural differences, not ideological, will be the primary source of future global conflict.

S//A : What other fields outside of architecture interest you?
JEND_ Painting and Sculpture

S//A : Most important thing you learned in architecture school?
JEND_ An Architect is more than a problem-solver.

S//A : Describe your dream project
JEND_ A project that shows the perfect balance between evoking an idea and a wild design