Monday, October 03, 2016

Refugee Architecture

Photo: Nizip II, Container Camp

One out of every 113 people on earth is now displaced or a refugee, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. But how best to house tens of millions of people remains a question with an elusive answer. A new exhibition at MoMA, Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter, examines some of the most prominent designs from the past few decades to help shed some light on the issue.

Sandbag Shelter. Nader Khalili, 1995.

The exhibition includes shelters from refugee camps in Kenya, Jordan, and Turkey, as well as experimental architect-designed solutions like Shigeru Ban's c. 1999 paper-tube structures for the UNHCR in Rwanda and bamboo houses by Norwegian firm TYIN Tegnestue.

Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter is on view at MoMA from October 1 to January 22, 2017.

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