World Unveiled - Global Institute for the Pursuit of Truth and Human Rights
"Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance." Robert F. Kennedy, Day of Affirmation speech, June 6, 1966.
On the edge of a region with widespread poverty and corruption, World Unveiled aspires to establish a place on non-federal land for the pursuit of truth and human rights.
Human rights abuses, once committed primarily by repressive governments, are increasingly carried out in the corporate interest. In the global marketplace, it is easier than ever to hide abuses in developing countries from the consumers on the other side of the world. Energy companies might pay off militias to gun down local activists, factories might poison the farmland, air or water of the very communities which they do business in. Most often, the people who do the hardest work - sewing garments, mining for precious metals, building the prisons and dams, are the ones most vulnerable to abuse and exploitation.
The purpose of World Unveiled is to disenthrall our disengagement with humanity and rise with the emerging cultures of public participation. A global institute such as this will be imagined as a place that unveils all forms of knowledge that perhaps was denied us in the past - A veil that allowed human right abuses and corporate malpractices to continue to harm our people, our environment, and mock our collective rights.
The institute includes the unprecedented Asia Pacific Headquarters of the United Nations and investigative journalism outposts that will research, investigate and publicly disclose facts on human rights abuses, forced and child labour, discrimination in employment and occupation, corruption, extortion and bribery within the region.
All the goals in this project stem from one common idea - To create a place that would give back to the people their right to knowledge, their right to social justice, and their right to live in a safe and free world.
Scope - Concept Design
Scale - 19,660 sqm
Location - Federation Square East, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
United Nations Asia Pacific Headquarters
Shared Offices for Social Justice Organisations
Plaza of Freedom for Demonstrations, Protests and Public Speeches
Gardens of Memory & Human Rights for Remembrance
Investigative Journalism Outposts for the Pursuit of Truth
Accommodation for volunteers, aid workers and delegates.
Classrooms for the study of Social Justice and Human Rights