Humans Living Together: Demonstrations, Festivities and Conflicts Seen From Above

Humans Living Together: Demonstrations, Festivities and Conflicts Seen From Above

Anniversary of 'Bloody Sunday' on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in 2015. Image from Associated PressMarch For Our Lives in Washington, D.C. Created by @benjaminrgrant, source imagery: @digitalglobeRefugee camp in Dadaab, Northeast Kenya. Created by @benjaminrgrant, source imagery: @digitalglobeSt. Peter's Square in the Vatican on an Easter Sunday. Created by @benjaminrgrant, source imagery: @digitalglobe+ 14

The world's population is expected to reach 9.7 billion in 2050, an increase of 2 billion persons in the next 30 years.

As the world's population continues to increase, new challenges are expected to arise in addition to the aggravating issues already faced today. How will we live together? The theme of the Venice Biennale of Architecture, postponed to 2021, intends to instigate discussions and proposals concerning the role of architecture in times of increasing political differences, intolerance, and growing economic inequality.

How we live together today can lead the way for human coexistence in the future and guide us towards actions to address both new and former demands, keeping in mind the conflicts intrinsic to the occupation of public spaces.

Human demonstrations can be related to various motives and goals, and reflect conflicts, fights for social reforms, festivities, etc. Observing people gathering in public spaces to express all sorts of different ideas can provoke debates about the rights to the city, to housing, and to freedom of speech, and also question how architecture can contribute with feasible solutions to these demands.

Together with Overview, we present a series of aerial images from different kinds of social protests and demonstrations around the world.

Political demonstrations and protests

Demonstrations and protests are actions of the public to fight against a cause of concern, taking place in the public space as a democratic act of expressing their demands. Some examples are the anniversary of Bloody Sunday on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in 2015; the Black Lives Matter mural in Washington D.C., one of the many protests in response to the murder of George Floyd in 2020; the protests in Santiago, Chile in 2019 calling for social reform; and the March For Our Lives in 2018 in Washington, D.C., which sought to raise awareness of gun violence and called for increased gun control legislation.

Anniversary of 'Bloody Sunday' on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in 2015. Image from Associated Press
Anniversary of 'Bloody Sunday' on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in 2015. Image from Associated Press
"Black Lives Matter" mural in Washington D.C. Image created by @dailyoverview, source imagery: @maxartechnologies
"Black Lives Matter" mural in Washington D.C. Image created by @dailyoverview, source imagery: @maxartechnologies
Protest in Santiago, Chile. Image by @mgsubercaseaux
Protest in Santiago, Chile. Image by @mgsubercaseaux
March For Our Lives in Washington, D.C. Created by @benjaminrgrant, source imagery: @digitalglobe
March For Our Lives in Washington, D.C. Created by @benjaminrgrant, source imagery: @digitalglobe

Migration issues

The current global estimate, according to the UN, is that there are more than 270 million people living outside their country of origin. Despite the progress in opportunities and benefits for immigrants, and also for the receiving countries, many governments have taken the stance of establishing concrete and abstract obstacles to immigration. A picnic on the border between Mexico and the United States and temporary shelters in Röszke (Hungary), a city on the border between Serbia and Hungary, shows the different ways in which migration issues manifest themselves.

Picnic at US-Mexico border, spanning from Tecate, California, USA to Tecate, Baja California, Mexico. Image courtesy of @jr / Marc Azoulay
Picnic at US-Mexico border, spanning from Tecate, California, USA to Tecate, Baja California, Mexico. Image courtesy of @jr / Marc Azoulay
Temporary shelters in Röszke (Hungary). Image by Daily Overview
Temporary shelters in Röszke (Hungary). Image by Daily Overview

Religious gatherings

Many religions establish certain time frames and places dedicated to worship. So, hundreds of worshippers often gather on specific dates and locations to share their belief, as we can see in the aerial images of the Great Mosque of Mecca and the St. Peter's Square in the Vatican on an Easter Sunday.

Great Mosque of Mecca. Created by @dailyoverview, source imagery: @maxartechnologies
Great Mosque of Mecca. Created by @dailyoverview, source imagery: @maxartechnologies
Great Mosque of Mecca. Image by Daily Overview
Great Mosque of Mecca. Image by Daily Overview
St. Peter's Square in the Vatican on an Easter Sunday. Created by @benjaminrgrant, source imagery: @digitalglobe
St. Peter's Square in the Vatican on an Easter Sunday. Created by @benjaminrgrant, source imagery: @digitalglobe

Refugee camps

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), there were about 79.5 million forcibly displaced people worldwide at the end of 2019 as a result of persecution, conflict, violence, human rights violations, or events seriously disturbing public order. Refugee camps, with their temporary shelters that often become permanent, are a symptom of these conflicts. The following images portray the situation of the camps in Dadaab, Northeast Kenya, and Zaatari in Mafraq, Jordan.

Refugee camp in Dadaab, Northeast Kenya. Created by @benjaminrgrant, source imagery: @digitalglobe
Refugee camp in Dadaab, Northeast Kenya. Created by @benjaminrgrant, source imagery: @digitalglobe
Zaatari refugee camp in Mafraq, Jordan. Created by @benjaminrgrant, source imagery: Terra Bella
Zaatari refugee camp in Mafraq, Jordan. Created by @benjaminrgrant, source imagery: Terra Bella

Festivities

Public festivities can range from sports championships celebrations to the commemoration of important dates in history, and many other festivals and public performances. A few of these commemorative events can be seen in the images of the Euro 2016 Fan Zone at the Champs de Mars in Paris and the celebration of the Eagles' 2018 Super Bowl victory.

Fans celebrate the Eagles' 2018 Super Bowl victory in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Image created by @benjaminrgrant, source imagery: @digitalglobe
Fans celebrate the Eagles' 2018 Super Bowl victory in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Image created by @benjaminrgrant, source imagery: @digitalglobe
Euro 2016 Fan Zone at the Champs de Mars, in Paris. Image by @kaylabernardino
Euro 2016 Fan Zone at the Champs de Mars, in Paris. Image by @kaylabernardino

This article is part of the ArchDaily Topic: How Will We Live Together. Every month we explore a topic in-depth through articles, interviews, news, and projects. Learn more about our monthly topics here. As always, at ArchDaily we welcome the contributions of our readers; if you want to submit an article or project, contact us.

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Cite: Moreira, Susanna. "Humans Living Together: Demonstrations, Festivities and Conflicts Seen From Above" [Seres humanos vivendo junto: manifestações, festividades e conflitos vistos de cima] 04 Sep 2020. ArchDaily. (Trans. Duduch, Tarsila) Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/946977/humans-living-together-demonstrations-festivities-and-conflicts-seen-from-above> ISSN 0719-8884
Picnic at US-Mexico border, spanning from Tecate, California, USA to Tecate, Baja California, Mexico. Image courtesy of @jr / Marc Azoulay

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