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The Stoop Zone

As said by Mike Davis “In a world of functioning capitalism, the homeless and vagabonds are a redundant population” emphasizing the inequality both monetarily and socially. The Stoop Zone studies the need to restore a social equilibrium within society by providing a public space for the homeless community and removing social stigmatisms. Located at the Queen Victoria Market the site is comprised of a series of programs including: sleeping units, public bath house, laundromat and community gardens. The Stoop Zone aims to dignify as opposed to alleviate homelessness while proposing a new way for interior architecture to interpret social equality within society.

Thomas Martin
The Stoop Zone
2013

The public baths proposition act as a social catalyst for the general population as well as offering hygiene facilities for the homeless.

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