Now in its fourteenth year, the 2020 RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship has been awarded to Iulia Cistelecan, from the London School of Architecture, for her project “Life Between Shelters: Refugee camps of today becoming cities of tomorrow”. Intended to fund international research on a topic related to the sustainable survival of towns and cities, the RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship was established in 2006 by the Norman Foster Foundation with Foster and Partners, in association with the RIBA. In fact, the annual scholarship offers £7,000 to a student of architecture who demonstrates the potential for outstanding achievement and original thinking. This year’s winning proposal “examines the role that architecture can play in transforming today’s refugee camps into sustainable communities”, the research will focus on the spaces between shelters, especially on the transition from temporary refugee camp to sustainable city. In order to pursue her investigations and explore the importance of educational and social infrastructure in building community growth and resilience, Iulia will travel to four refugee camps across Africa, Western Asia, the Middle East, and South Asia: Bidibidi (Uganda), Zaatari (Jordan), Shatila (Lebanon) and Kutupalong (Bangladesh).
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