Archinect - Features 2017-08-16T09:28:55-04:00 http://archinect.com/features/article/150018423/emergency-shelter-housing-for-the-age-of-mass-displacement Emergency Shelter: Housing for the Age of Mass Displacement Hannah Wood 2017-07-20T11:30:00-04:00 >2017-07-23T19:31:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/6u/6u72rlfix0bv2hjs.gif" width="1200" height="600" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Today, forced displacement affects more people than any crisis or conflict. According to the UN, 65.3 million people, or one person in every 113, is now internally or externally <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/105264254/architectures-of-the-disaster" target="_blank">displaced</a>. The average time families remain in emergency accommodation is now <a href="http://www.unhcr.org/40c982172.pdf" target="_blank">17 years</a>, longer than the <a href="https://www.nahb.org/en/research/housing-economics/special-studies/archives/how-long-buyers-remain-in-their-homes-2009.aspx" target="_blank">average US house buyer</a> will stay in their home. No longer temporary but not yet a city, these &lsquo;camps&rsquo; are where millions of children will grow up. In this month&rsquo;s feature we speak to architects working with the concept of emergency shelter to find out how they are approaching the issue. An overview will be provided by former UNHCR official Kilian Kleinschmidt, now director of <a href="http://switxboard.org/" target="_blank">Switxboard</a>, who will discuss where and how input from the design disciplines would be most welcomed.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149988791/screen-print-49-bracket-ponders-how-architecture-should-respond-in-extreme-times Screen Print #49: "Bracket" ponders how architecture should respond in extreme times Julia Ingalls 2017-01-31T12:11:00-05:00 >2017-02-06T23:40:48-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qm/qmp4ich7j1sijtsn.jpg" width="650" height="809" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>How can&nbsp;design&nbsp;be productive in chaotic times? In its latest release "At Extremes," the journal&nbsp;<a href="http://brkt.org/" target="_blank"><em>Bracket</em></a>&nbsp;examines the role of architecture in a world in which "extreme" is constantly being redefined.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/126442466/how-architects-can-help-nepal-and-learn-from-past-disastrous-mistakes-successes How Architects Can Help Nepal (And Learn From Past Disastrous Mistakes/Successes) Julia Ingalls 2015-04-30T18:20:00-04:00 >2016-06-13T13:14:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bh/bh9iznkzltss76vf.jpg" width="620" height="372" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>April 25th&rsquo;s 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal has razed entire villages, severely disrupted basic infrastructure, and is responsible for the loss of over 5,000 lives. According to The Guardian, the death toll may rise to as many <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/28/nepal-earthquake-anger-among-survivors-as-food-and-water-in-short-supply" target="_blank">10,000 people</a>. Unfortunately, in the wake of natural disasters, the architectural community has traditionally waited out the initial emergency phase before lending aid. The embarrassing response to 2005&rsquo;s Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, in which thousands of refugees sweltered in the Superdome for days without ready access to running water, prompted organizations including the AIA to revamp their emergency-response guidelines. Now, architects are encouraged to immediately respond to a disaster.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/105264254/architectures-of-the-disaster Architectures of the Disaster Nicholas Korody 2014-07-30T17:55:00-04:00 >2014-08-04T18:05:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/nc/ncsacrffdgd6p8gb.jpg" width="650" height="444" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>45.2 million people are currently displaced by conflict and persecution, <a href="http://www.unhcr.org" target="_blank">according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees</a> (UNHCR). The number accords with the <em>1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees</em> articulation of a refugee as: an individual who has fled their country &ldquo;owing to well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion.&rdquo; But, as their website admits, in the 63 years since the convention, the dynamics of displacement have radically changed. This definition of a refugee does not account for the millions of people currently displaced by natural disasters, droughts, desertification, sea level rise, population growth, or resource scarcity. Of course such ecological crises are also intricately enmeshed in sociopolitical conflicts, complicating attempts to redefine the refugee or to classify a new category of &ldquo;climate refugees&rdquo; or &ldquo;environmental migrants.&rdquo;</p>... http://archinect.com/features/article/68296/the-pink-project The Pink Project Paul Petrunia 2007-12-03T07:25:00-05:00 >2017-07-18T22:31:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9l/9llkxoneglchsjik.jpg" width="531" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> While filming on a set in New Orleans, actor Brad Pitt became seduced by the powerful image of a pink-clad CGI house within the lush Louisiana surroundings. He saw the pink structure as a metaphor, representing the future of renewed housing for those displaced by the recent disasters.</p>