Camp Code – How to navigate a refugee settlement

The Architecture of Displacement /MoMA
5th December 2016
Architecture Sans Frontiers International
5th December 2016

by CLAUDIA MARTINEZ MANSELL

“Start with the obvious: not all refugee camps are the same. The experiences of some 60 million people — “one in every 122 humans,” according to the United Nations 1 — cannot be generalized. They live in tarp shelters, tents, shipping containers, or concrete buildings; in formal settlements administered by the UN, or in makeshift camps on the urban fringe. They are refugees, asylum seekers, stateless, internally displaced. Around the world, their numbers are increasing. 

These are dense spaces of concrete and asphalt, urban materializations of an ongoing state of emergency.”

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