Given the masses of uprooted people worldwide the question for solutions from the global design community arises to help refugees feel at home and support those that want or have to stay make their lives liveable.
Florian Hoffman, who develops sustainable solutions for questions and problems posed by international brands with international creative talents. The Do School with support by Siemens Foundation and Be an Angel e.V. initiated the Refugee Challenge in which refugees developed a platform for job placements of the newly arrived. The Refugee Challenge is continued working on further issues.
Wolfram Putz from Graft Architekten, is one of the co-founders of „Heimat2“, an initiative to address the issue of structural housing shortage for refugees given the unprecedented refugee movements.
Andrea Kolb designs and implements marketing and communication projects for companies like Deutsche Bank, o2 Germany and DEDON. In 2011 she founded her Social Fashion Business ABURY Collection GmbH. ABURY brings together young designers with regional craftsmanship. Through ABURY Foundation profit shares and donations help initiate further educational and community projects.
Elizabeth Sikiaridi and Frans Vogelaar from Hybrid Space Lab are developing a toolkit for CRISIS Design, a design addressing the ‘unplannable’ of crisis situations. With the Crisis Design approach as a background, Elizabeth and Frans are working in close collaboration with the City of Athens on the program Refugee Futures.
The project addresses the integration of refugee shelters in their urban as well as social context – among other things with the help of crowd-sourcing processes and gaming. It enables refugees to deal in a meaningful way with their direct environment and to use their time for capacity building.
Refugee Futures is connected to the “Poly Garden City” project and focuses on refugees, addressing the integration of green into the built environment in the ‘flat roof’ region of the Eastern and South Mediterranean.
As a participative climate adaptation strategy, it creates a platform for exchange between different groups and therefore fosters cohesion and understanding in the micro-level of the neighborhood, in the meso-level of the city as well as in the macro-level of the transnational and transcultural region of Europe and its neighbors.