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The Moirae or Moerae (often called the The Fates), in Greek mythology, were the white-robed personifications of destiny (Roman equivalent: Parcae, euphemistically the "sparing ones", or Fata; also equivalent to the Germanic Norns). Their number became fixed at three. The Greek word moira literally means a part or portion, and by extension one's portion in life or destiny. They controlled the metaphorical thread of life of every mortal from birth to death (and beyond).

The three Moirae were:


("spinner") spun the thread of life from her distaff onto her spindle. Her Roman equivalent was Nona, (the 'Ninth'), who was originally a goddess called upon in the ninth month of pregnancy.


("allotter" or drawer of lots) measured the thread of life allotted to each person with her measuring rod. Her Roman equivalent was Decima (the 'Tenth').


("inexorable" or "inevitable", literally "unturning", sometimes called Aisa) was the cutter of the thread of life. She chose the manner of each person's death; and when their time was come, she cut their life-thread with "her abhorred shears". Her Roman equivalent was Morta ('Death').

The Moirae were supposed to appear three nights after a child's birth to determine the course of its life. The Moirae were usually described as cold, remorseless and unfeeling, and depicted as old crones or hags. The independent spinster has inspired fear rather than matrimony. Despite their forbidding reputation, Moirae could be worshipped as goddesses. Brides in Athens offered them locks of hair and women swore by them. They may have originated as birth-goddesses and only later acquired their reputation as the agents of destiny. They likewise have forbidding appearances (beards), and appear to determine the fates of all individuals.

Moiré pattern

In physics, a moiré pattern is an interference pattern created, for example, when two grids are overlaid at an angle, or when they have slightly different mesh sizes. The term originates from moire (or moiré in its French form), a type of textile, traditionally of silk but now also of cotton or synthetic fiber, with a rippled or 'watered' appearance. The lines could represent fibers in moiré silk, or lines drawn on paper or on a computer screen. The nonlinear interaction of the optical patterns of lines creates a real and visible pattern of roughly parallel dark and light bands, the moiré pattern, superimposed on the lines.


Shape and dimension of buildings communicate their function - or the range of functions that they could host.


Specific geometry could determine its function. The key attributes like height, verticality and limited access lead us to the issues of safety-closeness, the possibility and constraint of control, and the standardization of forms and functions for the optimal use.


Through these key words we were looking for the function that this specific building geometry is the adequate answer for prisons all around the U.S. could be centralized which would make their maintainance easier and more controllable through a building like this.

Rehabilitation and Reintegration

Our prisoners cover their own energy needs by using special gym tools that produce electricity. This activity also helps their physical condition, just like growing plants on the outer terraces of the towers improves their mental health.


As the mesh of the facade captives solar energy and water, and the prisoners produce their own electricity, the tower is independent from the public utility. by selling the grown plants the prison can even achieve economical independence that would improve the general judgement of state prisons. By liberating many properties within cities that were earlier inhabited by prisoners, large number of social housing could be established.

project team

Edit Szabó, Zsófia Koczka, Karin Cone and Julia Boromissza.