Sean Anderson discusses how architecture can help redefine the refugee crisis. – Architects and designers around the world are changing the way we think about the plight of migrants and refugees.
Architects Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello have been traveling along the U.S. Mexico border since 2009, collecting memories and stories of the places and people they have encountered.
Rael San Fratello – "Architects such as Rael San Fratello have longed surveyed the Mexico-USA 'barrier' as a complex site for the questioning of its utility and economy," Sean Anderson writes.
Refugee Republic – The website takes you into the world behind the relief organization posters. The makers went to Camp Domiz in northern Iraq, where around 64 thousand predominantly Kurdish Syrian refugees have sought shelter.
Refugee Republic – Although camps are meant to be temporary measures, worldwide refugees remain in some form of relief care for an average of 17 years.
Henk Wildschut – Henk Wildschut's photos from the makeshift refugee camp in Calais, France show the rise and fall of the camp in a abstract way over a period of three months.
Henk Wildschut – "The Dutch photographer Henk Wildschut has been documenting impromptu settlements in Calais, France with startling images that speak to the resiliency of peoples," writes Anderson.
Henk Wildschut – Close to Calais in France, in the heart of democratic Europe, a parallel world has existed for ten years. Refugees from Africa and the Middle East are waiting here for their chance to cross to the UK.
Henk Wildschut – "The Jungle," as it is nicknamed, has been slowly taking over the shape of a city. Authorities started dismantling it on 29 February 2016.
Rael San Fratello – The Snow Globes series is a collection of souvenirs memorializing some of the most remarkable border wall conditions.
For this project Tiffany Chung conducted research into the history of Thủ Thiêm, a district in the Ho Chi Minh City metropolitan area razed for redevelopment. She subsequently re-staged the fragments of her excavations and research in a negotiated form of artistic assemblage to evoke the daily rhythms and the complex layers of history of this once lively landscape.
"The artist Tiffany Chung depicts trajectories within drawings and sculptures that elucidate both historical and contemporary conditions of movement and escape." -- Sean Anderson