Call for Submission: Place and Displacement - A Marketplace in Refugee Settlements

Call for Submission: Place and Displacement - A Marketplace in Refugee Settlements

We challenge the innovative minds around the globe to design a marketplace with an operational plan for a vulnerable population (adolescents, single mothers, children, people with trauma, etc) in one of the refugee settlements below. The marketplace should be able to run for long-term, i.e. 3-5 years, and benefit as many people as possible. The overall budget limit for both construction and operation of the entire marketplace is $100,000.

In light of the current surge of refugees in the international arena, refugee livelihoods in transitional settlements have become a crucial topic in contemporary geopolitical relations.

Most inhabitants in refugee settlements rely on humanitarian aid and cannot fully exercise their agency and skillsets. A marketplace can become an embodiment of dignity and resilience that respects refugee inhabitants’ autonomy, creativity and capability. Through trading activities, refugee inhabitants can connect with the world and a future beyond transient settlements.

As more policy makers, social workers and architects engage in the discourse surrounding refugee livelihoods, we are proposing a competition to formulate an interdisciplinary architecture and public administration proposal for a marketplace in refugee settlements. The finalist teams will come to New York City to attend a workshop and present at a symposium, in order to:

  1. Foster collaboration between the field of architecture and public administration through this social innovation competition;
  2. Engage with refugee inhabitants of these settlements through direct or indirect communication, research and experiential learning;
  3. Work towards implementing the winning proposal by networking with policy makers, architects, academics, NGOs and refugees, and aiming to attract resources to turn ideas into action.

11 Architects + 8 United Nations Representatives and Directors + 7 Scholars + 5 NGO Leaders

Total Prize: $30,000

1 Overall Winning Team $3,000
One overall winning team will be selected at the final symposium and rewarded an additional $3,000.

3 Winning Teams $7,000 Per Team
Each winning team will be awarded a cash prize of $3,000, and round trip flight tickets and accommodation in New York City worth $4,000 per team (maximum 2 people per team). Winning teams will participate in an immersive 24-hour workshop, and present their proposals at a symposium to policy makers, architects, academics, NGOs, and philanthropists.

6 Honorable Mentions $1,000 Per Team

*All awarded proposals will be presented to a group of related humanitarian organizations and philanthropies with credits to participants.

To view the jury, download competition brief and register for competition:

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  • Title

    Call for Submission: Place and Displacement - A Marketplace in Refugee Settlements
  • Type

    Competition Announcement (Ideas)
  • Website

  • Organizers

  • Registration Deadline

    February 01, 2017 12:00 AM
  • Submission Deadline

    February 01, 2017 11:00 PM
  • Venue

    Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya; Zaatari Refugee Camp, Jordan; Berlin, Germany
  • Price

    $30 Earlybirds Registration; $50 Regular Registration; $70 Late Registration

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Cite: "Call for Submission: Place and Displacement - A Marketplace in Refugee Settlements" 22 Nov 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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