Date: 05/18/2016

Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Price: Free, RSVP required

Mass migrations, regardless of whether the cause is conflicts, lack of economic opportunity or violent extremism, result in major displacements and human suffering. Therefore, we are faced with the question of how to host large numbers of people on a temporary basis. These temporary arrangements often become permanent. Attention should be paid to how people are settled but settlements must be planned to function for a very long time and be able to expand and contract during their existence. It is hoped that individuals and families will be accommodated in more permanent settlement within the larger community. Those living in temporary housing or makeshift settlements need access to public space, education and basic healthcare. These essential needs are the very things that make a city habitable and are even more critical in such situations. Therefore, planning for temporary or emergency settlements needs to pay particular attention to the physical and social needs as a way of starting the process of healing from a life of suffering, frustration and denial. We must usher in an era for making environments that nourish the body and the soul.

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