Lesvos Izmir- The European Refugee Crisis- Designing building and Caring for Vulnerable Refugees

The course builds on work carried out with UMA 4 in November 2017 and during
the UMA summer school in 2019 . At the invitation of the NGO Lesvos Solidarity we will be working again with Pikpa Open Refugee Camp and in Moria Camp facilitated by The Office of Displaced Summer workshop Lesvos designers. Pikpa Camp supports vulnerable refugees with specific medical, psychological and family needs many of whom are referred from other camps in Lesvos including The Hope Project and Better Days for Moria. Facilitated by The Office of Displaced designers Students will work online with Lesvos solidarity, volunteers and residents to identify specific needs under four headings shelter, heating, cooling, water management. Students will design solutions and present and communicate their proposals to local stakeholders and refugees via online presentations and publications. There will be an emphasis on promoting and reinforcing the resident's identity as well as utility. We will be joined online by colleagues who work in the Farm Camps that surround the Turkish city of Izmir as our aim is to develop strategies that can be applied not just in Lesvos but across the region.


The workshop has two halves. The first week is dedicated to understanding the context,
drawing, model making, talking online with stakeholders and designing. We will also carry out online visits to other camps including the now infamous Moria camp and other NGO's including the inspirational Hope Project. Over the middle weekend we will have an online exchange with partners working in Izmir we will be supported by Yasar University, The Tribe Projects and Tiafi Community Centre. In Izmir Professor Robert Mull is leading a GCRF funded research project entitled Wellbeing, Housing and Infrastructure in Turkey.( WHIT). We will visit two sites that form part of the research project . The emergent Syrian district of Basmane and the farm camps in the area of Torbali where Syrian families are working as illegal farm labour following the UE/Turkey deal which prevented them from travelling on to Greece. There will also be the opportunity to visit the famous ruins at Ephesus. The second week will be dedicated to designing and model making at all scales. There will be two formal presentations to our partners and local stakeholders. As well as designing we will determine procurement, funding, communication, social media and management strategies for the ongoing
delivery and dissemination of our proposals.

The work produced by Umeå students will form part of the 2020 Venice Architecture Biennale and the activities of the workshop will be live streamed to Venice and Seoul.

Lesvos Izmir- The European Refugee Crisis- Designing building and Caring for Vulnerable Refugees

Date: 20 June to 3rd July 2020
Workshop: 13 days
Teachers: Professor Robert Mull, Mark Pierce, Kelli Scott, Amalia Katapodis and Gaia Crocella


Lesvos Solidarity, Lesvos, Greece, Pikpa Open Refugee Camp, Lesvos, Greece,  The Office of Displaced Designers, Lesvos, Greece, Agora, London, UK, The Global Free UnitYasar University, Izmir, Turkey, Tiafi Community Centre, Izmir, Turkey, Tribe Projects, Izmir, Turkey, Architecture Biennale 2020, Venice, Italy.

Week 1: The week will start with the establishing of workspace and a welcome event. Students will then be guided through an online introduction to Pikpa camp and briefing from staff and volunteers, online visit to Moria camp and the Hope Project. The students will start the design work in teams, have tutorials, lectures and finish the first week with a presentation and discussion with invited participants online.

Weekend: Online visit to Izmir, Turkey and an introduction to the Basmane district of Izmir and the farm camps in Torbali, outside of Izmir.

Week 2: The students will conduct detailed design work in teams, test their ideas and prototype key elements. Stakeholders and specialist advisors will consult the students in their work. There will also be several lectures throughout the week. On Friday there will be a final presentation and celebration.


There will be no physical lectures, meetings, seminars, etc. All teaching will be given online as distance education. 


Apply to the summer course Architecture, Exploration and Reflection and state in your motivation letter why you want to participate in the alternative (3) Lesvos Izmir- The European Refugee Crisis- Designing building and Caring for Vulnerable Refugees.