27 Nov 2017

Sheltering Survivors

The Coral Gables Museum presents Sheltering Survivors, an exhibit showcasing humanitarian shelter design for today’s world-wide forcibly displaced people, from November 3, 2017 through May 27, 2018. Museum patrons will be able to enter and experience shelters that have been applied in countries around the globe, now constructed in the gallery. Accompanying the shelters on view, the exhibit will include creative shelter design proposal and project images, videos and models. 

Sheltering Survivors explores the stories of the record-high forcibly displaced population in the context of human resettlement and innovative shelter designs. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ (UNHCR) latest global trend report, the population of forcibly displaced individuals reached 65.6 million in 2016. Forced displacement is usually abrupt, unplanned, and accompanied by loss of assets for the survivors. Consequently, large numbers of internally displaced persons, asylum seekers, and refugees live in tents, semi-constructed buildings, or under open skies in exile. This exhibition demonstrates the various ways in which innovative design can be used for humanitarian purposes, creating hope and a new start for forcibly displaced populations.

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