Archinect - News 2016-06-30T10:03:37-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149953040/sweden-tightens-its-refugee-policy-introduces-new-restrictions-for-asylum-seekers Sweden tightens its refugee policy, introduces new restrictions for asylum seekers Nicholas Korody 2016-06-21T13:52:00-04:00 >2016-06-21T16:16:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/np/np3uwoc2x3h53ctm.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sweden, once one of the most welcoming countries for refugees, on Tuesday introduced tough new restrictions on asylum seekers, including rules that would limit the number of people granted permanent residency and make it more difficult for parents to reunite with their children. The government said the legislation... was necessary to prevent the country from becoming overstretched by the surge of migration to Europe that began last year.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As more and more refugees flood into Europe from the Middle East, Africa, and elsewhere, once-welcoming countries are increasingly tightening their borders. For more on this, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942324/tensions-build-at-athen-s-port-of-piraeus-the-first-stop-for-many-refugees-seeking-asylum-in-europe" target="_blank">Tensions build at Athen's port of Piraeus, the first stop for many refugees seeking asylum in Europe</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940715/germany-announces-new-integration-measures-for-migrants-and-refugees" target="_blank">Germany announces new integration measures for migrants and refugees</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146808835/sweden-plans-mass-expulsion-of-up-to-80-000-refugees" target="_blank">Sweden plans mass expulsion of up to 80,000 refugees</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136882061/a-world-divided-mapping-border-fences-globally" target="_blank">A world divided: mapping border fences globally</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149950085/fire-breaks-out-at-refugee-camp-in-the-duesseldorf-airport Fire breaks out at refugee camp in the Duesseldorf airport Nicholas Korody 2016-06-07T17:25:00-04:00 >2016-06-08T08:53:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/53/53yarnf9p2whxa81.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A large fire has broken out at a convention centre in the western German city of Duesseldorf. The centre acts as an accommodation hub for refugees waiting to be sent elsewhere in North Rhine-Westphalia. Everyone inside hall 18, where 180 refugees were staying, was brought to safety, according to reports. As the fire raged, a thick, black plume of smoke could be seen across Duesseldorf.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In related news:</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;cad=rja&amp;uact=8&amp;ved=0ahUKEwi23Lne7JbNAhXIOyYKHf-GB4oQFggeMAA&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Farchinect.com%2Fnews%2Farticle%2F107953878%2Fwhat-does-the-syrian-refugee-crisis-mean-to-architecture&amp;usg=AFQjCNGwbtsHJszn0G3cVYgN2tJ2ajedFg&amp;sig2=mrP6F_ReZTrK-HuYOkNXGA" target="_blank">What Does the Syrian Refugee Crisis Mean to Architecture?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149946916/ai-weiwei-s-latest-works-focus-on-refugee-crisis-in-greece" target="_blank">Ai Weiwei's latest works focus on refugee crisis in Greece</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944079/new-moma-exhibition-explores-the-architecture-of-displacement" target="_blank">New MoMA exhibition explores the architecture of displacement</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945738/olafur-eliasson-s-green-light-responds-to-the-refugee-crisis-in-europe" target="_blank">Olafur Eliasson's 'Green Light' responds to the refugee crisis in Europe</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149946916/ai-weiwei-s-latest-works-focus-on-refugee-crisis-in-greece Ai Weiwei's latest works focus on refugee crisis in Greece Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-05-23T17:23:00-04:00 >2016-05-31T00:29:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/95/95ddaa882aa90ed630628fa997089cd6.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>the artist says we should not &ldquo;sentimentalise or romanticise&rdquo; the crisis, which has seen more than 2,000 children die on their way to Europe. [...] Ai first visited Lesbos on Christmas Day last year, and has since dedicated most of his life to helping refugees there, even moving his studio to the island. [...] &ldquo;The goal is to make everyone conscious of the struggle of refugees. We need to protect humanity. The fight is endless. If we don&rsquo;t fight, our children have to fight,&rdquo; he says.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Ai Weiwei documents life in Greek refugee camp on social media" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144578495/ai-weiwei-documents-life-in-greek-refugee-camp-on-social-media" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ai Weiwei documents life in Greek refugee camp on social media</a></li><li><a title="UN Refugee Agency Commissions 10k Ikea-designed Better Shelters" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124209727/un-refugee-agency-commissions-10k-ikea-designed-better-shelters" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UN Refugee Agency Commissions 10k Ikea-designed Better Shelters</a></li><li><a title="Curator of MoMA's &ldquo;Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter&quot; on palliative refugee architecture" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149946193/curator-of-moma-s-insecurities-tracing-displacement-and-shelter-on-palliative-refugee-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Curator of MoMA's &ldquo;Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter" on palliative refugee architecture</a></li><li><a title="What Does the Syrian Refugee Crisis Mean to Architecture?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107953878/what-does-the-syrian-refugee-crisis-mean-to-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What Does the Syrian Refugee Crisis Mean to Architecture?</a></li><li><a title="Ai Weiwei, Jacob Appelbaum and the dissident experience" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126380297/ai-weiwei-jacob-appelbaum-and-the-dissident-experience" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ai Weiwei, Jacob Appelbaum and the dissident experience</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149946193/curator-of-moma-s-insecurities-tracing-displacement-and-shelter-on-palliative-refugee-architecture Curator of MoMA's “Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter" on palliative refugee architecture Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-05-19T13:17:00-04:00 >2016-05-21T01:10:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6l/6ll7z24ob0zaosv1.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If we imagine one's escape to a refugee camp as fragmentary, provisional and incomplete, the camp must be transformed not only in design but also in its role as a catalyst for promoting the humanity of those living within its barbed-wired walls. [...] Architecture has become the litmus test of society's capacity for holistic and compassionate security.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more on the architectural experience of refugees:</p><ul><li><a title="Kenya moves to shut down Dadaab, the world's biggest refugee camp" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944739/kenya-moves-to-shut-down-dadaab-the-world-s-biggest-refugee-camp" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kenya moves to shut down Dadaab, the world's biggest refugee camp</a></li><li><a title="New MoMA exhibition explores the architecture of displacement" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944079/new-moma-exhibition-explores-the-architecture-of-displacement" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New MoMA exhibition explores the architecture of displacement</a></li><li><a title="Ai Weiwei documents life in Greek refugee camp on social media" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144578495/ai-weiwei-documents-life-in-greek-refugee-camp-on-social-media" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ai Weiwei documents life in Greek refugee camp on social media</a></li><li><a title="The vast majority of Syrian refugees are seeking refuge in cities, not camps" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140068061/the-vast-majority-of-syrian-refugees-are-seeking-refuge-in-cities-not-camps" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The vast majority of Syrian refugees are seeking refuge in cities, not camps</a></li><li><a title="UN Refugee Agency Commissions 10k Ikea-designed Better Shelters" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124209727/un-refugee-agency-commissions-10k-ikea-designed-better-shelters" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UN Refugee Agency Commissions 10k Ikea-designed Better Shelters</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149944079/new-moma-exhibition-explores-the-architecture-of-displacement New MoMA exhibition explores the architecture of displacement Alexander Walter 2016-05-06T18:11:00-04:00 >2016-05-11T05:47:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1v/1var0di7skmzru7k.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The architecture of forced displacement is the subject of &ldquo;Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter,&rdquo; a forthcoming exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art. The exhibit will assemble work by architects, designers, and artists responding to the global refugee crisis. Curated by Sean Anderson, MoMA&rsquo;s associate curator for architecture and design, with curatorial assistant Ari&egrave;le Dionne-Krosnick, &ldquo;Insecurities&rdquo; will include works of design built to help alleviate suffering inside refugee camps.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qd/qd12vyxeg70qzinm.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; Interior of a Better Shelter prototype in Kawergosk Refugee Camp, Erbil, Iraq. (Image: Better Shelter, 2015)</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144578495/ai-weiwei-documents-life-in-greek-refugee-camp-on-social-media" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ai Weiwei documents life in Greek refugee camp on social media</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148285398/nobody-thinks-about-the-safety-of-these-women-the-harrowing-experiences-of-female-refugees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Nobody thinks about the safety of these women": the harrowing experiences of female refugees</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942324/tensions-build-at-athen-s-port-of-piraeus-the-first-stop-for-many-refugees-seeking-asylum-in-europe" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tensions build at Athen's port of Piraeus, the first stop for many refugees seeking asylum in Europe</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124209727/un-refugee-agency-commissions-10k-ikea-designed-better-shelters" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UN Refugee Agency Commissions 10k Ikea-designed Better Shelters</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149940715/germany-announces-new-integration-measures-for-migrants-and-refugees Germany announces new integration measures for migrants and refugees Nicholas Korody 2016-04-14T13:07:00-04:00 >2016-04-14T13:08:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/56/56hiwoh7iq98an3h.jpg" width="514" height="253" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Germany has announced new legal measures requiring migrants and refugees to integrate into society in return for being allowed to live and work in the country. Under the coalition government&rsquo;s measures, announced on Thursday morning, asylum seekers face cuts to support if they reject mandatory integration measures such as language classes or lessons in German laws or cultural basics.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"According to the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, the aim of Germany&rsquo;s first ever integration law is to make it easier for asylum seekers to gain access to the German labour market, with the government promising 100,000 new 'working opportunities', expected to include low-paid workfare jobs."</em></p><p>For more on the refugee crisis currently engulfing Europe and the Middle East, take a look at these past articles:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148285398/nobody-thinks-about-the-safety-of-these-women-the-harrowing-experiences-of-female-refugees" target="_blank">"Nobody thinks about the safety of these women": the harrowing experiences of female refugees</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146808835/sweden-plans-mass-expulsion-of-up-to-80-000-refugees" target="_blank">Sweden plans mass expulsion of up to 80,000 refugees</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139461710/viennese-student-dorms-may-passively-house-refugees" target="_blank">Viennese student dorms may Passively House refugees</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140068061/the-vast-majority-of-syrian-refugees-are-seeking-refuge-in-cities-not-camps" target="_blank">The vast majority of Syrian refugees are seeking refuge in cities, not camps</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144578495/ai-weiwei-documents-life-in-greek-refugee-camp-on-social-media" target="_blank">Ai Weiwei documents life in Greek refugee camp on social media</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/145215589/milan-to-pay-stipend-to-residents-willing-to-host-refugees Milan to pay stipend to residents willing to host refugees Nicholas Korody 2016-01-07T20:50:00-05:00 >2016-01-18T02:10:01-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qg/qglcg1kwb50lcc08.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The second-biggest Italian city is offering a monthly payment of 350 euros ($376) to every resident willing to host a refugee, or an asylum seeker, in their home. The city of Milan announced Monday with a post on its Facebook page that soon local residents will be paid for giving shelter to one or more refugees.</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>Related:</strong></p><ul><li><p><a title="Architectures of the Disaster" href="http://archinect.com/features/article/105264254/architectures-of-the-disaster" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architectures of the Disaster</a></p></li><li><p><a title="How Architects Can Help Nepal (And Learn From Past Disastrous Mistakes/Successes)" href="http://archinect.com/features/article/126442466/how-architects-can-help-nepal-and-learn-from-past-disastrous-mistakes-successes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How Architects Can Help Nepal (And Learn From Past Disastrous Mistakes/Successes)</a></p></li><li><p><a title="Ai Weiwei documents life in Greek refugee camp on social media" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144578495/ai-weiwei-documents-life-in-greek-refugee-camp-on-social-media" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ai Weiwei documents life in Greek refugee camp on social media</a></p></li><li><p><a title="The vast majority of Syrian refugees are seeking refuge in cities, not camps" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140068061/the-vast-majority-of-syrian-refugees-are-seeking-refuge-in-cities-not-camps" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The vast majority of Syrian refugees are seeking refuge in cities, not camps</a></p></li><li><p><a title="Viennese student dorms may Passively House refugees" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139461710/viennese-student-dorms-may-passively-house-refugees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Viennese student dorms may Passively House refugees</a></p></li><li><p><a title='Refugees Welcome: the "Airbnb for Refugees"' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136280311/refugees-welcome-the-airbnb-for-refugees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Refugees Welcome: the "Airbnb for Refugees"</a></p></li></ul><p><a title='Refugees Welcome: the "Airbnb for Refugees"' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136280311/refugees-welcome-the-airbnb-for-refugees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4k/4kpp1w5uqeu9wa5f.jpg"></a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/144578495/ai-weiwei-documents-life-in-greek-refugee-camp-on-social-media Ai Weiwei documents life in Greek refugee camp on social media Alexander Walter 2015-12-30T14:12:00-05:00 >2015-12-30T16:00:55-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jv/jvzw3cdyh3in42ue.jpg" width="514" height="382" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei is visiting Lesbos to document the plight of thousands of refugees who arrive daily on the Greek island by boat from Turkey. For the past two days, Ai has been photographing orange rubber dinghies coming into shore, families huddled around fires, people queuing to register at the Moria refugee camp and piles of discarded lifejackets, among other scenes [...] It is understood Ai will be creating a work in response to the refugee crisis.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here are just a few of Ai Weiwei's recent photos from the Lesbos refugee camp; giving a human face to people and entire families escaping war and persecution in their home countries of Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, as well as documenting humanitarian workers, such as the Norwegian group, Drop in the Ocean.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/el/el78wcyqp3ejhk45.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wm/wmls8ufi41bo1z3j.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jn/jnjbxwkzpwu33f31.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pk/pkgb37b9egqnxsl9.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xr/xrri380fstu7ysxa.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/k0/k0qqho7nwg4r7fgz.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/eq/eqkijuexjvfpm1qc.jpg"></p><p>All photos by Ai Weiwei via&nbsp;<a href="https://www.instagram.com/aiww/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@aiww</a>&nbsp;on Instagram.</p><p>Related news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126380297/ai-weiwei-jacob-appelbaum-and-the-dissident-experience" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ai Weiwei, Jacob Appelbaum and the dissident experience</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140068061/the-vast-majority-of-syrian-refugees-are-seeking-refuge-in-cities-not-camps" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The vast majority of Syrian refugees are seeking refuge in cities, not camps</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136280311/refugees-welcome-the-airbnb-for-refugees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Refugees Welcome: the "Airbnb for Refugees"</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/139461710/viennese-student-dorms-may-passively-house-refugees Viennese student dorms may Passively House refugees Julia Ingalls 2015-10-21T17:19:00-04:00 >2015-10-24T18:28:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ef/efkrjqiqjrhpdjhk.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Sustainable, fast, and cheap housing: just what you need when you're escaping <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107953878/what-does-the-syrian-refugee-crisis-mean-to-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">oppressive regimes</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/126442466/how-architects-can-help-nepal-and-learn-from-past-disastrous-mistakes-successes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">natural disasters</a>, and other refugee-creating events. Christoph Chorherr, Vienna's Green Party planning spokesperson, has blogged that the mobile&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129420907/cornell-tech-to-build-world-s-first-passive-house-high-rise-on-ny-s-roosevelt-island" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Passive House</a> dormitories designed by G&uuml;nter&nbsp;Lang for students in Vienna's Seestadt Aspern district&nbsp;could easily be adapted to comfortably house refugees.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/rp/rp5hlf3o2ffzadxa.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/59/59gjwyuztoyamfja.jpg"></p><p>With a construction cost of 1.140 Euro per square meter, the dorms not only can be erected in a few days, but also meet the "Passive House Standard," meaning that they reduce traditional building energy consumption by up to 90%. Passive House Standard dwellings aren't limited to Vienna: from Canada to Germany to South Korea, the form is proving popular with energy-conscious designers.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zq/zqofavyur76yqlu6.jpg">&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qe/qe9wykcjfdar18ja.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/136812153/from-asylum-seeker-to-award-winning-architect-the-story-of-perparim-rama From asylum seeker to award-winning architect: the story of Perparim Rama Alexander Walter 2015-09-16T15:34:00-04:00 >2015-09-23T14:22:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m7/m7px5bmtvb7g9rn0.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Perparim Rama is an award-winning architect based in London. He came to the U.K. as an asylum seeker in 1992, fleeing war and persecution in the former Yugoslavia. Here is his take on the biggest refugee crisis since World War II.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136357519/passage-an-architectural-intervention-to-span-the-mediterranean-sea" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Passage: an architectural intervention to span the Mediterranean Sea</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136280311/refugees-welcome-the-airbnb-for-refugees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Refugees Welcome: the "Airbnb for Refugees"</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/136280311/refugees-welcome-the-airbnb-for-refugees Refugees Welcome: the "Airbnb for Refugees" Nicholas Korody 2015-09-09T18:00:00-04:00 >2015-09-09T22:36:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/83/83ba14bcc43e045470b5f7ae933e1918.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A German group which matchmakes citizens willing to share their homes with refugees said it had been overwhelmed by offers of support, with plans in the works for similar schemes in other European countries. The Berlin-based Refugees Welcome, which has been described as an &ldquo;Airbnb for refugees&rdquo;, has helped people fleeing from Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Mali, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia and Syria. More than 780 Germans have signed up to the Refugees Welcome website...</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/130259336/historic-santa-monica-home-served-as-a-refuge-for-intellectuals-fleeing-nazi-germany Historic Santa Monica home served as a refuge for intellectuals fleeing Nazi Germany Nicholas Korody 2015-06-23T16:06:00-04:00 >2015-07-04T22:13:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/be/be73af29519e2b21e6a18ebd995dc575.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the 1930s and '40s, the Mabery Road house in Santa Monica Canyon belonged to Hollywood screenwriter Salka Viertel, who made her house a home not only for her family but for hundreds of refugees, some very famous and others unknown... While anti-Fascist volunteers were spiriting people out of Europe, Viertel in Santa Monica was taking them in... She helped to rescue, among many others, the German Expressionist writer Leonhard Frank, the Dadaist poet Walter Mehring, and Alfred D&ouml;blin...</p></em><br /><br /><p>The historic home is currently on the market, with an asking price of $4.5 million. It was also the childhood home of noted author <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Viertel" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Peter Viertel</a>.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124209727/un-refugee-agency-commissions-10k-ikea-designed-better-shelters UN Refugee Agency Commissions 10k Ikea-designed Better Shelters Nicholas Korody 2015-03-31T17:23:00-04:00 >2015-04-05T13:31:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/t6/t6rk3wbjydbhbtcx.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ikea's line of flat-pack refugee shelters are going into production, the Swedish furniture maker announced this week, after being tested among refugee families in Ethiopia, Iraq, and Lebanon. The lightweight "Better Shelter" was developed under a partnership between the Ikea Foundation and the ...UNHCR... Each unit takes about four hours to assemble and is designed to last for 3 years &mdash; far longer than conventional refugee shelters, which last about 6 months.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s2/s2nomgxqggbe61jk.jpg"></p><p>As the Verge article notes, the announcement comes at a time when there are nearly 4 million people left without homes from the ongoing wars in Syria alone. Globally, there are 45.2 million people currently displaced by conflict and persecution according to a UNHCR <a href="http://www.unhcr.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">report</a>. And even that number doesn't account for the millions currently being displaced by drought, famine, rising sea levels, resource scarcity or other ecological disasters.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1m/1mkd091v6tthgw2t.jpg"></p><p>The Ikea Foundation's <a href="http://www.bettershelter.org/product/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Better Shelter"</a> houses comprise three individual parts: the frame, the panels, and the photo voltaic system. They can be assembled on site without any additional tools or equipment. While lightweight and transportable, the units are designed to last three years. The solar panels charge an LED light that can be used at night for four hours or to charge a mobile phone.</p><p>In an article posted last year, <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/105264254/architectures-of-the-disaster" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architectures of the Disaster</a>, I consider other design projects addressing the global refugee crisis.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h8/h8p1qcxe5521du5g.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kf/kf488c9dnh8v12v2.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vl/vl0t390rrdi2wjsq.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yb/ybl85n76zus6bf7h.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116581637/libraries-without-borders-creates-kit-for-refugee-camps Libraries Without Borders Creates Kit For Refugee Camps Nicholas Korody 2014-12-22T15:10:00-05:00 >2014-12-27T21:40:56-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a4/a4758298cb6e9f0bad57cab88a6d90c4.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A typical library can take years to build. But a new library kit, designed to travel to remote refugee camps or disaster zones, can come together in less than 20 minutes. The Ideas Box...fits the equivalent of a small-town library on two standard shipping pallets. It comes with books and e-readers, tablets, laptops, cameras and other creative tools... Since camps might not have internet access or power, it comes with its own. The boxes that hold all of the devices convert into tables and chairs.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/108640634/refugees-reshape-their-camp-at-the-risk-of-feeling-at-home Refugees Reshape Their Camp, at the Risk of Feeling at Home Alexander Walter 2014-09-10T14:38:00-04:00 >2014-09-10T19:10:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b5/b5bfb3682fda093b54d4a4ffb34d3dca.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Public space like the plaza in Al Fawwar is mostly unheard-of in Palestinian camps across the West Bank. Architectural upgrades raise fundamental questions about the Palestinian identity, implying permanence, which refugees here have opposed for generations. [...] Camps were conceived as temporary quarters. The absence of public space was then preserved over the years to fortify residents&rsquo; self-identification as refugees, displaced and stateless.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/107953878/what-does-the-syrian-refugee-crisis-mean-to-architecture What Does the Syrian Refugee Crisis Mean to Architecture? Nicholas Korody 2014-09-02T15:22:00-04:00 >2014-09-03T00:43:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mb/mbjcjlk5dt7lcgrf.jpg" width="514" height="315" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As a result of the Syrian civil war, there are now 3 million Syrian refugees registered in neighboring countries &mdash; an exodus that began in March 2011 and shows no sign of abating, the United Nations refugee agency said on Friday. The record figure was 1 million refugees more than a year ago, and an additional 6.5 million are displaced within Syria, meaning that "almost half of all Syrians have now been forced to abandon their homes and flee for their lives," it said.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As the Islamic State rampages through Syria and Iraq, thousands are being displaced to add to the growing refugee population created by a civil war against Bashar al-Assad. <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/107492865/water-wars-the-islamic-state-and-the-mosul-dam" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Islamic State actively uses infrastructure, specifically hydoinfrastructure, as a militaristic tactic exacerbating conditions for these displaced people.</a>&nbsp; Many architects have developed projects specifically oriented to the global refugee crisis, of which Syria is part. In a past <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/105264254/architectures-of-the-disaster" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">article</a>, I asserted that this is not just a general ethical imperative, but also specific to architecture. The problems of a refugee camp or urban enclave are often architectural issues that require design solutions. Additionally, architecture can be considered complicit in the forces generating the crisis as millions are displaced because of climate changes, which architecture contributes to significantly.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/102197126/relocation-or-adaptation-preparing-for-global-warming Relocation or Adaptation: Preparing for Global Warming Nicholas Korody 2014-06-19T13:11:00-04:00 >2014-06-19T17:27:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bu/bu5he0xyea7dmvfr.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"...just as planning for response to an industrial accident doesn&rsquo;t make an industrial accident more likely, so too planning for relocations should not make them more likely... It is .... likely that the slow-onset effects of climate change will lead many to voluntarily migrate in anticipation that conditions will worsen. Those who are left behind &ndash; and who will need government assistance to relocate &ndash; thus may be particularly vulnerable."</p></em><br /><br /><p>The pressure to start preparing for inevitable relocations due to global warming and the resultant rise in sea levels is growing for many communities around the world. For some, the time for preparation is already running out and the time for action is now. In the United States, <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/05/18/185068648/impossible-choice-faces-americas-first-climate-refugees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the first "climate refugees" are in the largely-native communities along Alaska's coastline</a>. Many of the small island nations of Oceania are beginning to<a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/05/18/185068648/impossible-choice-faces-americas-first-climate-refugees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> ask their neighbors for asylum</a> preemptively. This will certainly present one of the most challenging realities facing architects in the future as the global refugee population begins to increase. An important strategy will be to learn from existing "refugee cities" such as <a href="http://data.unhcr.org/syrianrefugees/settlement.php?id=176&amp;region=77&amp;country=107" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaatari</a> in Lebanon, currently the country's fourth largest city. Populated by people fleeing the violence in neighboring Syria, a <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2014/06/12/water-resources-under-strain-in-zaatari/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">current water shortage crisis</a>&nbsp;proves that, today, nearly every situation is in some ways affected by environmental conditions.</p><p>For places without as drastic a d...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/93446416/how-to-build-a-perfect-refugee-camp How to Build a Perfect Refugee Camp Alexander Walter 2014-02-13T14:13:00-05:00 >2014-02-17T17:17:17-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d9/d9555d93d49058de5e736d47308be851.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Many of the world&rsquo;s displaced live in conditions striking for their wretchedness, but what is startling about Kilis is how little it resembles the refugee camp of our imagination. It is orderly, incongruously so. Residents scan a card with their fingerprints for entry [...]. Inside, it&rsquo;s stark: 2,053 identical containers spread out in neat rows. No tents. None of the smells &mdash; rotting garbage, raw sewage &mdash; usually associated with human crush and lack of infrastructure.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/75895603/ikea-designs-a-better-home-for-refugees IKEA designs a better home for refugees Archinect 2013-06-26T12:03:00-04:00 >2013-07-11T14:49:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qk/qki3hlcjychqlnd3.jpg" width="514" height="329" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The prototype of the shelter is now being tested in a refugee camp in Ethiopia. The refugee families who would be making the shelter their homes will have a direct say in how the product is developed, putting their experience at the heart of this collaborative process.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>