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Rethinking Refugee Communities

Ennead Architects

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Project Description

Can refugee settlements be a benefit to the host community rather than a burden? How can shared resources be employed to benefit both populations as well as foster a more sustainable solution?

These questions arise when rethinking a new type of refugee settlement design process that fosters shared infrastructure, resources and economic exchange between incoming refugees and local residents. By creating spatial opportunities for the two populations to develop a beneficial relationship, refugee settlements can enrich the opportunities available to refugees creating more sustainable solutions during the refugees’ displacement.

Due to the rapid emergency time frames in which these settlements are planned, and the uncertainty of their future, it is essential to define the critical drivers at play for each situation and to create a unified toolkit for all phases of their existence.

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