At the heart of our urban environment, how do we look at migration, our migrations?
When we talk about migration, we often talk about the fear of the Other who is foreign to us, strange …, the fear for our personal and social space. What if, at the heart of the Josefa House, the hospitality given to the foreigner, to the Other one, positively changed our view of him/her and of ourselves …
And so, the Josefa real estate space invites us to a renewed look on others. In search of societal impact and sustainability, this requisite goal in the service of the public interest is displayed above all in the aesthetic and ethic dimensions of the Josefa House. What matters is that each of us, within and around the Josefa House, refugee resident affected by a forced migration or other resident, visitor, feels personally invited, encouraged to (re)consider his relation to others, particularly when this one is a foreigner to us.
The architectural gesture of the Josefa House emphasises this will for mutual hospitality, with intimacy spaces (housing units), exchange and meeting spaces, articulated with the urban environment and the public sphere (catering hub, care centre), and interpersonal spaces (cultural and spiritual hubs).
Therefore, the fundamental issue is that the Josefa House favours a change of views, an exchange of renewed views among all of us, migrants.