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Why isn’t the profession seeing refugee camps as architectural projects?

“What is stopping architects from looking at solutions to the current refugee crisis? Is it a problem with how the profession is trained, asks David Turnbull

Architects should be addressing this crisis and the profession should be equipped with the skills to do so
My concern is that it is not on both counts. Given that in any history of urbanism, with its associated patterns of growth and change, the emergence of institutions and the expansion of markets, is directly and intimately related to migration, from city to city, country to country, and from the rural areas to the urban concentrations of the world.

This is odd, to say the least. In the past, architects have been passionate about urban structure, about infrastructure design, and about the construction of decent places for human activity, for commerce and for cultural production. …”

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Text from David Turnbull, professor of architecture at The Cooper Union, and design director for PITCHAfrica / Waterbanks

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