Munjer Hashim

Recovery Space

March 2020

2020 is a crucial time in history guaranteed to disrupt and dictate the future. The world is eager to start going back to “normal” and restart the fast paced lives we all had.

The reduction of mass travel, activities and limited interactions with the built and natural environment has made us aware of how much we miss the outdoors, culture, travelling and the simple act of being around people. Wildlife has begun to roam certain metropolitan areas while pollution in the air has dipped. The repercussion of maintaining social distance is a reduction in economic activity among other issues. However, within this dilemma lies a proposition.

Couldn't we all benefit from slowing down and stopping for a moment though? What if we stopped more often?

What if we participated in a collective global initiative called Recovery Space?

Recovery Space is a proposal that is both a space and a global initiative that retrofits our homes as a highly modular and customizable space capable of meeting our needs of work and play during phases of planet recovery. The spaces are capable of projecting the outside world, connecting with the population, digitally creating contents, entertainment and other necessities.

As citizens of the world we must coalesce and decide that once a year, for an extended period of time, we all are to recede into our Spaces and allow the world to recover. This coalition could happen all at once with all nations or as groups. While allowing essential individuals and groups to function in less strained environments while the rest of the population continues interacting digitally. Moving forward, it is evident that we must replenish our planet and allow it to function undeterred. We must change our behavior to allow the planet to heal.

This moment of pause when administered voluntarily together, without the fear of health and economic loss would slowly propel the planet to heal and allow us to reach a sustainable, mindful and appreciative future.

Let's all Pause, Repeat and Recover.


March 2021

For the last 10,000 years, the Holocene geological epoch, conditions on Earth have been stable and favorable to the development of human civilization. But some scientists believe that mankind entered the Anthropocene epoch during the Industrial Revolution in the 18th century, just as human population and development began to critically impact the global environment. While scientists have warned of specific environmental tipping points in the past, the 9 planetary boundaries concept looks at the global system as a whole and how separate biophysical processes interact.

With the COVID-19 pandemic progressing with no end in sight, food scarcity and economic fallouts are at an all time high. With the critical aim to recoup lost opportunities and reach a point of normalcy, heavy use of precious resources will become a focal point in the path towards economic recovery. Further disrupting the planetary boundaries.

TESTBED is a series of modular, semi-autonomous infrastructural collection banks with deployment mechanisms that cultivate and protect resources with the goal to harvest and supply natural + cultural resources to places of need. It is a prototypical collection, research and deployment strategy towards a future where flora + fauna and cultural heritage is readily accessible and conserved.