An integral tradition within the annual pilgrimage to Mecca — Hajj — is the acknowledgement that every Muslim is equal no matter their socio-economic status. However, a closer examination of the day-to-day activities of these pilgrims, three million of whom amass in the nearby town of Mina over the course of five days, reveals the extreme range of diversity in activities between these various populations. Yet currently, unity only happens during the rituals. Pilgrims are being separated in their camps by ethnicity. Therefore, segregations happen on the daily routine bases. And to add to the misery, existing urban fabric of the city of Mina that supports this extreme range of diversity is so flat, horizontal and generic. Camps are over-simplified, highways and networks does not cope-up with the logistical complexity of the event. And to avoid conflicts and for control purposes, officials now-a-day separate all these pilgrims by their ethnicity. And so unity only happens during the rituals. Which totally contradicts the main concept of Hajj.
This thesis will be discovering and unfolding key moments of greater pressure or potential for crisis, by zooming-in and looking at smaller scale sites within Mina. Hot spots or pockets within camps that are already close to breakage/fragile to fluctuations. Allowing for “events” to be the trigger for architectural innovations.