The New World Embassy, “Rojava”
A Collaboration for Democratic
Self-Administration of Rojava
with Studio Jonas Staal


with Ignacio G. Galán, Carlos Mínguez Carrasco, Alejandra Navarrete Llopis, and Marina Otero Verzier (After Belonging Agency).

Commissioned by After Belonging, Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016.
Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016

The New World Embassy: Rojava was a temporary embassy installed in the Oslo City Hall that represented, through cultural means, the ideals of “stateless democracy” developed by the Democratic Self-Administration of the autonomous region of Rojava, northern Syria. The Embassy consisted of a large-scale oval-shaped architectural structure, designed as an “ideological planetarium.”

The Embassy operated for two consecutive days, bringing representatives from Rojava together with international politicians, diplomats, academics, journalists, students, artists, and more. Through open deliberation and public discussion the New World Embassy: Rojava proposed a platform to build new transnational relationships and explored alternative models of people’s diplomacy.