The world currently has more than 68 million refugees. In addition to conflict, displacement is becoming more common from natural and other reasons. What is the role of architecture in creating hope? What is 'displacement design'? And what can we do better to support different displaced populations?
Many countries absorb displaced people, often suddenly. Unfortunately, displacement will be an even more growing phenomena in the future. The question of displaced communities and environments touches on us all. We too in the Netherlands have to deal with designing (for) displacement. The biggest cities of displaced people, are usually in poorer countries.
Temporary refugee camps are often the beginning of a new city which requires fast and easy solutions at low costs and flexible facilities. We are seeing more and more temporary cities become permanent. Lacking infrastructure and other essential living structures, these cities need new solutions. How can we support sustainable and social design? How can we best prepare options for displaced living spaces?