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In 2014 Jai Mexis of Year 5 won this award for his project: Beyond the Limbo of the Displaced: Re-Imagining Refugee Camps’. Jai graduated with a Masters in Advanced Architectural Design in 2014. Bailie Braat of Glasgow City Council commented on Jai’s project praising its depth of detail and the humanity of its approach in addressing this serious and growing issue.

 

Jai had visited the largest Syrian refugee camp, Al-Zaatari in Jordan which strengthened his conviction to focus his work on ‘humanitarian architecture’.

Image by Stephen Hosey, photographer DRS.

In 2014 Jai Mexis of Year 5 won this award for his project: Beyond the Limbo of the Displaced: Re-Imagining Refugee Camps’. Jai graduated with a Masters in Advanced Architectural Design in 2014. Bailie Braat of Glasgow City Council commented on Jai’s project praising its depth of detail and the humanity of its approach in addressing this serious and growing issue.

 

Jai had visited the largest Syrian refugee camp, Al-Zaatari in Jordan which strengthened his conviction to focus his work on ‘humanitarian architecture’.

In 2014 Jai Mexis of Year 5 won this award for his project: Beyond the Limbo of the Displaced: Re-Imagining Refugee Camps’. Jai graduated with a Masters in Advanced Architectural Design in 2014. Bailie Braat of Glasgow City Council commented on Jai’s project praising its depth of detail and the humanity of its approach in addressing this serious and growing issue.

 

Jai had visited the largest Syrian refugee camp, Al-Zaatari in Jordan which strengthened his conviction to focus his work on ‘humanitarian architecture’.

In 2014 Jai Mexis of Year 5 won this award for his project: Beyond the Limbo of the Displaced: Re-Imagining Refugee Camps’. Jai graduated with a Masters in Advanced Architectural Design in 2014. Bailie Braat of Glasgow City Council commented on Jai’s project praising its depth of detail and the humanity of its approach in addressing this serious and growing issue.

 

Jai had visited the largest Syrian refugee camp, Al-Zaatari in Jordan which strengthened his conviction to focus his work on ‘humanitarian architecture’.

In 2014 Jai Mexis of Year 5 won this award for his project: Beyond the Limbo of the Displaced: Re-Imagining Refugee Camps’. Jai graduated with a Masters in Advanced Architectural Design in 2014. Bailie Braat of Glasgow City Council commented on Jai’s project praising its depth of detail and the humanity of its approach in addressing this serious and growing issue.

 

Jai had visited the largest Syrian refugee camp, Al-Zaatari in Jordan which strengthened his conviction to focus his work on ‘humanitarian architecture’.

In 2014 Jai Mexis of Year 5 won this award for his project: Beyond the Limbo of the Displaced: Re-Imagining Refugee Camps’. Jai graduated with a Masters in Advanced Architectural Design in 2014. Bailie Braat of Glasgow City Council commented on Jai’s project praising its depth of detail and the humanity of its approach in addressing this serious and growing issue. Jai had visited the largest Syrian refugee camp, Al-Zaatari in Jordan which strengthened his conviction to focus his work on ‘humanitarian architecture’.

Image by Stephen Hosey, photographer DRS.

In 2014 Jai Mexis of Year 5 won this award for his project: Beyond the Limbo of the Displaced: Re-Imagining Refugee Camps’. Jai graduated with a Masters in Advanced Architectural Design in 2014. Bailie Braat of Glasgow City Council commented on Jai’s project praising its depth of detail and the humanity of its approach in addressing this serious and growing issue.

 

Jai had visited the largest Syrian refugee camp, Al-Zaatari in Jordan which strengthened his conviction to focus his work on ‘humanitarian architecture’.

Image by Stephen Hosey, photographer DRS.

In 2014 Jai Mexis of Year 5 won this award for his project: Beyond the Limbo of the Displaced: Re-Imagining Refugee Camps’. Jai graduated with a Masters in Advanced Architectural Design in 2014. Bailie Braat of Glasgow City Council commented on Jai’s project praising its depth of detail and the humanity of its approach in addressing this serious and growing issue.

 

Jai had visited the largest Syrian refugee camp, Al-Zaatari in Jordan which strengthened his conviction to focus his work on ‘humanitarian architecture’.

Image by Stephen Hosey, photographer DRS.

In 2014 Jai Mexis of Year 5 won this award for his project: Beyond the Limbo of the Displaced: Re-Imagining Refugee Camps’. Jai graduated with a Masters in Advanced Architectural Design in 2014. Bailie Braat of Glasgow City Council commented on Jai’s project praising its depth of detail and the humanity of its approach in addressing this serious and growing issue.

 

Jai had visited the largest Syrian refugee camp, Al-Zaatari in Jordan which strengthened his conviction to focus his work on ‘humanitarian architecture’.

Today it seems that everything must be defined exclusively in economic terms, but what value does culture have?

 

In so-called “Western” countries, little or none. Continuous and repeated cuts in education – at every level – have contributed to creating not one, but several generations who fail to receive an education worthy of the name; this is fertile ground for an administrative and political army whose morale is on a par with that of the conquistadores. The tendency to view the world, and its expressions, solely from a “revenue” – or debt – point of view, is not only destroying tens of thousands of years of culture, but is threatening us and the planet.

 

The challenge is to promote the process of circulation, development and protection of cultures: all cultures, in their diversity, individuality and complexity are a well-structured, fragile heritage that can significantly contribute to visualising and pursuing a model of society that is freer and genuinely more democratic than the current one.

 

Architecture plays a key role in determining cultural landscapes. Architecture shapes – from the vernacular to international and modern style, from -isms to the latest avant-garde – the places assigned to development and research, as well as the most ordinary places in everyday life, such as housing, roads, squares and places for meeting and entertainment, or shopping centres and offices. It is precisely in these ordinary places, the most popular and frequented by the vast majority of the population, that culture needs to be defended the most; it is the everyday places, where 99% of the population live, that are the most fragile.

 

The environment which has been built around us can support the development and preservation of cultures, or it can reject, demean and degrade them. This is the case with a large number of buildings built with very little planning care or using shoddy, and sometimes polluting materials.

 

It is not easy to get rid of bad architecture; planting a few trees to cover up its social and cultural effects is not enough. The problem has to be dealt with in-depth, primarily, by identifying the features and causes.

 

Nowadays, a vast number of places bear the embryos of a new, experimental, innovative, inclusive and collaborative architectural culture that manages to overcome cultural, political, economic and social boundaries, subsequently renewing the affirmation of inviolable human rights such as dignity, equality, freedom and the aspiration to peace. Many of the people behind these projects are young, sometimes very young, and this is no coincidence. What would a world be like where these young people are, maybe not helped, but at least not hindered to the point that sometimes they give up their social commitment in favour of choices dictated by need?

 

Article 3 of the Italian Constitution states the principle that economic and social obstacles that restrict the freedom and equality of citizens, preventing them from maximum achievement, must be removed.

 

Utopia? Nowadays, quite a few people believe it is feasible, and they are not just dreamers. Perhaps we just need to get to know them better.

 

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With projects and texts by:

 

Ateliermob + Colectivo Warehouse, Marco Casagrande, Barbara Cole, Colectivo Arquitectura Expandida, Kéré Architecture, Folke Köbberling & Martin Kaltwasser, Marta Maccaglia & Paulo Afonso, Rozana Montiel, Orkidstudio, The Oslo School of Architecture, Recetas Urbanas, Robust Architecture Workshop, The Scarcity and Creativity Studio, Taller Espacios Abiertos + Bruno Sève, Riccardo Vannucci_FAREstudio

Solutions for the Other 90%

 

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN

 

A commissioned work by Works Progress

 

Walker Art Center

 

Photos © Andy Richter

www.andyrichterphoto.com

 

www.worksprogress.org

Solutions for the Other 90%

 

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN

 

A commissioned work by Works Progress

 

Walker Art Center

 

Photos © Andy Richter

www.andyrichterphoto.com

 

www.worksprogress.org

Jaynel Santos (M.R.P./M.L.A. '19) spent the summer in Hawaii as the 2019 Summer Fellow at the SHADE Institute — Sustainable, Humanitarian, Architecture & Design for the Earth — a nonprofit public interest design organization in Honolulu.

214/779 With both assignments out of the way, Friday was the first time in a while that i was able to say that i'm free. The day went rather well with my bike fixed and the accidental meeting with Rita in humanitarian architecture lecture. Sarah and Nick came back from their trip in the north and we headed off to the bar with friends from the building. It was a spur of moment joy but it in fact has led to something much more important that affects the pattern of every single thing in the universe. Drinking beer and chill with people was never as much fun as being drunk and acting stupid. The ultimate sensation was hard to describe. Indeed the disappointment and ambiguity from Alex's end was painful. but at that moment, it was Luigi who was talking, pure form of energy which happens to be the source of all happiness. Great night with lots of friends and so much fun but seriously need to get my life back together. There is a far more important goal to achieve soon.