Challenging Practice workshop on Designing inclusion for migrants and refugees in cities 21st- 23rd April, Mallorca, Spain May 12, 2016
ASF-UK associates facilitated a Challenging Practice workshop on Designing inclusion for migrants and refugees in cities. This was part of ASF International’s General Assembly which took place in Mallorca, Spain on 21-23rd April 2016.
The theme of this year’s General Assembly was the refugee crisis. Although more people that have been forcibly displaced reside in cities as opposed to refugee camps, much more attention is placed on the situation in camps. In response to this, ASF-UK decided to run a workshop that addresses the integration of refugees and migrants into urban areas.
The aim was to enable participants to explore the issues faced by people who have been forced to settle in unfamiliar cities. Using the participatory design approach of Challenging Practice, we looked at scenarios from the UK, Finland, Italy and Brazil and used them to discuss issues of human security at the scale of the dwelling, the settlement and the city. As well as thinking about the production of secure and dignified settlements for refugees, participants were required to think about social challenges such as how to build self-reliance and avoid dependency, how to create peer support and better ties with local communities. We ended by discussing the potential entry points for built environment practitioners and the role they could play in supporting existing interventions.
The workshop proved a unique opportunity to bring together people from over ten different countries to reflect upon a truly global urban issue. The event was facilitated by Beatrice de Carli, Lucia Caistor-Arendar and Rubbina Karruna.
Following this event we have now formed an ASF-wide working group in order to continue working on the issue collectively. ASF-UK is also continuing to develop this strand of work with the next event taking place at the London Festival of Architecture on Saturday 4th June 2016. If you would like to get involved in please get in touch with Lucia Caistor-Arendar: firstname.lastname@example.org