The course builds on work carried out with UMA 4 in November
2017 and during
the UMA summer school in 2019 . At the invitation of the NGO
Lesvos Solidarity we will be working again with Pikpa Open Refugee
Camp and in Moria Camp facilitated by The Office of Displaced
Summer workshop Lesvos designers. Pikpa Camp supports vulnerable
refugees with specific medical, psychological and family needs many
of whom are referred from other camps in Lesvos including The Hope
Project and Better Days for Moria. Facilitated by The Office of
Displaced designers Students will work online with Lesvos
solidarity, volunteers and residents to identify specific needs
under four headings shelter, heating, cooling, water management.
Students will design solutions and present and communicate their
proposals to local stakeholders and refugees via online
presentations and publications. There will be an emphasis on
promoting and reinforcing the resident's identity as well as
utility. We will be joined online by colleagues who work in the
Farm Camps that surround the Turkish city of Izmir as our aim is to
develop strategies that can be applied not just in Lesvos but
across the region.
The workshop has two halves. The first week is dedicated to
understanding the context,
drawing, model making, talking online with stakeholders and
designing. We will also carry out online visits to other camps
including the now infamous Moria camp and other NGO's including the
inspirational Hope Project. Over the middle weekend we will have an
online exchange with partners working in Izmir we will be supported
by Yasar University, The Tribe Projects and Tiafi Community Centre.
In Izmir Professor Robert Mull is leading a GCRF funded research
project entitled Wellbeing, Housing and Infrastructure in Turkey.(
WHIT). We will visit two sites that form part of the research
project . The emergent Syrian district of Basmane and the farm
camps in the area of Torbali where Syrian families are working as
illegal farm labour following the UE/Turkey deal which prevented
them from travelling on to Greece. There will also be the
opportunity to visit the famous ruins at Ephesus. The second week
will be dedicated to designing and model making at all scales.
There will be two formal presentations to our partners and local
stakeholders. As well as designing we will determine procurement,
funding, communication, social media and management strategies for
delivery and dissemination of our proposals.
The work produced by Umeå students will form part of the 2020
Venice Architecture Biennale and the activities of the workshop
will be live streamed to Venice and Seoul.
Lesvos Izmir- The European Refugee Crisis- Designing building
and Caring for Vulnerable Refugees
Date: 20 June to 3rd July 2020
Workshop: 13 days
Teachers: Professor Robert Mull, Mark Pierce,
Kelli Scott, Amalia Katapodis and Gaia Crocella
Lesvos Solidarity, Lesvos, Greece, Pikpa Open
Refugee Camp, Lesvos, Greece, The
Office of Displaced Designers, Lesvos,
Greece, Agora, London, UK, The Global Free
Unit, Yasar University, Izmir, Turkey, Tiafi
Community Centre, Izmir, Turkey, Tribe Projects,
Izmir, Turkey, Architecture Biennale
2020, Venice, Italy.
Week 1: The week will start with the
establishing of workspace and a welcome event. Students will then
be guided through an online introduction to Pikpa camp and briefing
from staff and volunteers, online visit to Moria camp and the Hope
Project. The students will start the design work in teams, have
tutorials, lectures and finish the first week with a presentation
and discussion with invited participants online.
Weekend: Online visit to Izmir, Turkey and an
introduction to the Basmane district of Izmir and the farm camps in
Torbali, outside of Izmir.
Week 2: The students will conduct detailed
design work in teams, test their ideas and prototype key elements.
Stakeholders and specialist advisors will consult the students in
their work. There will also be several lectures throughout the
week. On Friday there will be a final presentation and
There will be no physical lectures, meetings, seminars, etc. All
teaching will be given online as distance education.
Apply to the summer course Architecture,
Exploration and Reflection and state in your motivation
letter why you want to participate in the alternative (3) Lesvos
Izmir- The European Refugee Crisis- Designing building and Caring
for Vulnerable Refugees.