Thursday, December 22, 2016

Sheltering Millions: Refugee Architecture and Urbanism

Darfur Refugee Camp in Chad, 2005 / Mark Knobil (
The Camden Conference free Community Events series continues with architects, Brooke Harrington and Judy Bing, presenting “Sheltering Millions: Refugee Architecture and Urbanism,” on Sunday, January 15, 2-4 p.m., at the Cushing Public Library. The snow date will be January 29. The event is free and open to all.

Expelled from home by war, persecution, failed governance or natural disaster, refugees flee toward safety with few possessions and little protection from the elements. What types of shelters and camps protect the world’s sixty-plus million refugees, where, and with what provisions for their individual, communal, and often long-term needs? This presentation explores past and existing refugee shelters and camp environments from a design perspective, and ideas for improved prospects.

The presenters are professors emeriti of architecture, Brooke of Temple University and Judith of Drexel University, in Philadelphia. Currently they are both Center Associates at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University, and Visiting Scholars at the Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT, in Cambridge. They live in Cushing.

This presentation is hosted by the Cushing Public Library and offered as a free community event in anticipation of the 30th Annual Camden Conference -Refugees and Global Migration: Humanity’s Crisis, February 17-19, 2017. The 30th Anniversary Camden Conference Community Events Series is supported in part by the Maine Humanities Council.

The mission of the Camden Conference is to foster informed discourse on world issues. For more information, visit, email, or call 207-236-1034.

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