A Focus on Humanitarian Architecture
Boundaries issue n. 11
In 2014, for the first time since the end of World War II, the number of refugees exceeds fifty million people in total. In such challenging conditions, in which the needs exceed the capacity of NGO and international organizations to provide help and support, what can architecture do? Maybe a lot, it depends on your vision of what architecture as a profession can deliver.
«Cooperation in architecture has many faces. From the glamour of well known brands that create pro-bono projects, taking advantage of the mod cons of technology, using construction techniques in contexts where essential goods are often lacking, to the courageous and perhaps somewhat naive youth who depart for destinations ripped apart by civil war or ethnic persecution, with a dream of social equity. In some cases a small studio is established over the years, sharing the wealth of technical knowledge with the communities with which they interact. Between these two fairly rare extremes, there is a huge and varied landscape of different practices, from small and medium-sized organizations, to volunteers, to voluntourism».
In the “Focus” section an exclusive interview with Line Ramstad, founder of Gyaw Gyaw active in Thailand on the border with Burma, and a deepening on their works from 2011 to 2014.
With contributions from: Asante Architecture & Design + Lönnqvist Vanamo Architects, BC Architects + MAMOTH, Rudanko + Kankkunen, Made in Earth, Amadeo Bennetta & Dan LaRossa and Building Trust international Design Team, Komitu Architects, Spacematters architecture and urbanism, Hollmén-Reuter-Sandman Architects, Gyaw Gyaw, Line Ramstad, scatolAperta, Coporaque Workshop, Mohammed Rezwan