Calling on the next generation of talent to address contemporary challenges, Project Earth 2 invites young designers and architects to improve the lives of the millions of refugees worldwide through the Cities of Tomorrow competition.
In 2016 alone more than three million people sought asylum, fleeing their homeland due to violence, environmental degradation, poor governance, and various other factors. While refugee camps are often designed as temporary structures that provide only for immediate needs, relatively few of its inhabitants are actually resettled within a reasonable amount of time, and approximately 40% have been displaced for more than 20 years.
A new form of architecture is required
The world has never before seen human movement on this scale, and a new form of architecture is required to accommodate the influx in population and address the long-term needs of individuals, families and communities. Project Earth 2 asks not for a new kind of refugee camp infrastructure, but for a reimagined approach to integrating displaced people into the existing European landscape that addresses the inadequacies of present settlements.
Modularity and scalability are important factors in creating a sustainable solution for the cities of tomorrow. Projects should also strive to acknowledge factors too often neglected in the dialogue surrounding refugees, such as their skills and aspirations, need for dignified living, access to opportunities, and sense of home or belonging. Students and young professionals working in groups of one to six people are encouraged to submit projects that may provide millions of people with a more stable and hopeful future.
For detailed information on how to submit your work, visit projectearth2.org. Registration opens 1 February 2018.