The Shortlist For the “What Design Can DoRefugee Challenge” Competition
This past March, in her article “Goodwill Begins With the Opening of a Door”, Arterritory.com writer Elina Ije provided an overview of the world’s latest and best architectural design models for post-disaster and emergency housing (both actively implemented and not-yet). In this context, Arterritory.com thought it fitting to bring attention to the global design competition What Design Can DoRefugee Challenge, which is being organized by the Amsterdam-based international design platform What Design Can Do (WDCD), along with the IKEA Foundation and the United Nations’ refugee agency (UNHCR).
Organizers of the Challenge called for designers to come up with new solutions for receiving and integrating refugees in urban areas. Over the past month, designers, artists and creatives from 70 countries submitted 631 ideas aimed at improving the lives of refugees. On 21 June, the shortlist of 25 names chosen for further consideration was released.
PROJECT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY. BY: EMILIE SHEEHAN. COUNTRY: UK. SOLUTION: COMIC BOOK / WEBSITE
An app that explains the rights and duties of refugees in each country; direct democracy in the asylum seekers center; a cozy bed for traumatized refugee children; and re-population (by refugees) of eroded and declining regions in southern Europe – these are just some of the numerous innovative ideas selected for the shortlist of the What Design Can Do Refugee Challenge 2016.
Today, 1 July, the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bert Koenders, will reveal the five finalists during What Design Can Do Live in Amsterdam, where all 25 concepts on the shortlist will be exhibited. The five best entries will each receive 10,000 euros and extensive coaching to develop their concepts further.