10 Oct 2016

Refugee City

Event :

17 Oct 2016 - 17 Oct 2016

Centro Cívico Pati Llimona, Barcelona

On October 17th and November 11th, the Master of International Cooperation Sustainable Emergency Architecture by UIC Barcelona, will be hosting two separate roundtable discussions aimed at shedding light on the urban and architectural issues surrounding the refugee crisis. As the title of the conference, Refugee City, suggests, discussions will reflect on how refugee camps can be better designed to protect the health, safety and livelihoods of camp dwellers and on the challenges of integrating what is now 60% of the world’s refugee population living in cities.

The first event on October 17th, Emergency Architecture: Responding to Ebola and Education, will feature the participation of former student Nerea Amorós, currently researching Early Childhood Development education in easter Africa’s refugee camps; faculty members Verónica Sánchez, specialized in the construction of Ebola centers in refugee camps, and Gonzalo Sánchez Terán, a seasonsed refugee camps expert; and Daniel Ledesma of Red Cross. 

The second event on November 11th, From Camps to Integration, will feature the participation of former students Nasr Chamma and Esther Menduiña, both currently carrying out extensive research on refugee camps; Enric Roig, an expert in refugee camp accessibility; and Aditya Kumar, an Indian architect and planner working in the informal settlements of South Africa and formerly head of design of the Nahr El Bared Palestinian Camp Reconstruction Project with UNRWA.

Event :

01 Oct 2016 - 22 Jan 2017

MoMA, 11 West 53 Street, New York

New York´s Museum of Modern Art presents, from 1 October 2016 to 22 January 2017, Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter an exhibition about the ways in which contemporary architecture and design have addressed notions of shelter in light of global refugee emergencies. 

Insecurities brings together a range of projects and objects by architects, designers, and artists, working in a range of mediums and scales, that respond to the complex circumstances brought about by forced displacement. The exhibition includes IKEA Foundation-UNHCR Better Shelter, along with works by Shigeru Ban, Teddy Cruz, Suricatta Systems, Henk Wildschut, Nader Khalili y Tiffany Chung, among others. The exhibition raises questions regarding how the design and representation of shelter as a source of security and stability ultimately reflects how refugees are living in permanent upheaval today.

This week the first SURI Shelter School has been installed in the refugee camp of Grande-Synthe, near Dunkirk, in Northern France.

The new refugee camp, with capacity for 2500 people, has been designed by Médecins Sans Frontières and its construction comes to satisfy the basic needs of the refugees, complying with UNHCR standards, where 500 tents prepared for winter, showers with hot water and latrines have been installed.

Once construction is completed, the management of the camp will be led by the NGO Utopia 56.

The communal areas have been installed by local associations that help refugees as Jersey Builders for Refugees, which has provided the school and Refugee Community Kitchen which is building the kitchens.

The school consists of 8 SURI units and 4 facades that form an optimal interior space for children. The interiors have been finished with cork and chalkboard panels to facilitate the work of teaching. The system is completed with a technical ring which satisfies the demands of extreme isolation.

We want to thank once more Jersey Builders for Refugees for trusting on SURI, Médecins sans Frontières and Utopia 56.


Pasajes magazine publishes in its number 139 an article about SURI as a shelter for rapid installation that features with collecting water, solar panels, insulation and breathability.

Thanks to the editorial team and we hope you like it!

Lessena is a refugee from Ivory Coast living in a refugee shelter in Naples. Far from the promise land that they expected, thousands of refugees are living overcrowded at shelters with water and electricity shortages.

The Guardian has made a video with the aim of taking consciousness of the “inhuman” conditions that refugees are suffering at refugee shelters and the minimal assistance that the owners of the shelters are providing.

Here is the video from The Guardian:


The situation in Naples is not the only one regarding refugee shelters. In the city of Malmö in Sweden, refugees are begging to leave the shelters because of “inhuman living conditions” and what they describe “it is like a prison“


Also in the news this week, we can find the mass brawl between refugees occurred at Berlin refugee shelter in the airport of Tempelhof.


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