“An Alternative Handbook for Refugee Camp Design responds to increases in both the number of refugees worldwide and the number of years refugees spend in camps. While not all refugees live in camps, the focus of my research and design proposal is on camp models designed for 20,000 people (as per the UNHCR’s guidelines). Whereas the current guidelines presuppose the landscape as a tabula rasa, this alternative “Landscape Framework” uses the landscape to generate ecological services and allow flexibility and self-organization. With as many as 3,000 refugees moving into a camp per day with as little as one week’s notice, the design responds to enormous pressure in its ability to be built efficiently, practically, and affordably, whilst adapting to refugees’ individual needs and skills over time.”
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