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Future School exhibition is now on view in the Korean Pavilion in Giardini, Italy, 22 May _ 21 November

NEW METHODS IN DESIGN FOR THE SOUTH AMERICAN MIGRATION CRISIS

Xenia Adjoubei — last month

The Sol y Sombra research project, supported by Umea University, Sweden and led by architects with experience in social projects in Latin America, Russia and the UK, supported by a team of 22 researchers from Europe, the UK, Venezuela, Colombia, the US and Canada. The project generates a knowledge base for design to support civil society and economic and social mobility in the context of the Venezuelan migration crisis in Colombia. According to the latest figures, around 30% of the country’s population are displaced or rely on
frontier economies.

Our aim is to investigate human movement on many scales, from the geopolitical to the everyday and to design systems that aid the situation with digital and physical infrastructure and spatial intervention. GFU: Sol y Sombra sheds light on informal value systems, shadow labour and life economies, which had not been visualised before. We used 2GIS data and first-hand accounts, social media networks and data collected by researchers prior to the pandemic, and mapped the information spatially in relation to political borders, geography and the natural environment. The research is focused on three conditions: the frontier between Venezuela and Colombia, typical migrant journeys, and an example arrival city (Barranquilla). The visualisations reveal interesting correlations that suggest solutions, made visible by geolocating data and mapping it in relation to environmental conditions. This research, shared with Future School during the Biennale Architettura 2021, allows us to understand this crisis in some of its complexity, both on a small and a large scale. The next steps are to bring proposals to realisation together with local and transnational NGO partners.

Xenia Adjoubei — last month

Xenia Adjoubei, Alejandro Haiek Coll

Xenia Adjoubei — last month

ADDRESSING CHALLENGES FACED BY REFUGEE POPULATIONS

Xenia Adjoubei — last month

Since 2016, the Global Free Unit has been working with students in Lesvos, Greece at the invitation of NGOs including Lesvos Solidarity, The Office of Displaced Designers and Stand by Me Lesvos. The GFU has worked on projects in Pikpa Open Refugee Camp, Moria Camp and for the wider infrastructure of the island. Students and researchers collaborate closely with displaced populations to develop and realise projects that deal with shelter, education and community as well as heating, cooling, sanitation and water.

In every context, the GFU places an emphasis on celebrating and reinforcing the identity of displaced populations and using this as the basis for its interventions. The GFU also works to provide education and training and access to further education and employment for those involved in the live project classrooms.

Following the closure of Pikpa Camp and the burning down of Moria Camp in 2020, the GFU is investigating alternative ways of engaging with the situation on Lesvos. Their work will be shared within the Global Free Unit workshop and exhibition space within Future School.

Xenia Adjoubei — last month

Robert Mull, Catrina Beevor, Mark Pearce, Shareen Elnaschie, Amalia Katopodis, Sangram Shirke, Gaia Crocella, Antigoni Goutakoli

Xenia Adjoubei — last month

SUPPORT FOR SYRIAN REFUGEES TRAPPED IN TURKEY

Xenia Adjoubei — last month

The Izmir Classroom responds to and supports the large number of Syrian refugees who are trapped in Turkey following the EU Turkey agreement and the closure of the refugee route into Greece. GFU students and researchers work in two contexts, firstly within Basmane, a district in the centre of Izmir, and also in the numerous farm camps around Izmir where refugees work as migrant labour on private farms. In both contexts, the refugees live in appalling conditions and are subject to exploitation by private landlords.

Refugees have limited or no access to medical services and education and often face exploitative landlords, hostility and violence. GFU Izmir works in partnership with the Tiafi Community Centre and
Tribe Projects Turkey, providing support with housing,
sanitation infrastructure, health and education. The research generated by this Classroom will be presented to visitors of Future School in Venice and Future School Online.

Xenia Adjoubei — last month

Robert Mull, Kelli Scott, Anne O’Rourke, Dolf Jan Hendrik te Lintelo, Hanif Mohamed Kara, H. Meltem Ö. Gürel, Ayselin Gozde Yildiz Oguzalp, Amalia Katapodis, Sangram Shirke, Antigoni Goutakoli

Xenia Adjoubei — last month

TEACHING ARCHITECTURE TO YOUNG OFFENDERS IN PRISON

Xenia Adjoubei — last month

Seeds Education is a Global Free Unit Classroom based in Her Majesty’s Prison/Young Offender Institution (HMP/YOI) Wetherby, West Yorkshire UK.

We believe that education changes lives. No matter a person’s background or life choices, education enables growth and transformation. Seeds Education
works in collaboration with education providers, universities and other designers, manufacturers, and creatives to teach programmes in art, architecture and design.

Seeds Education delivers arts-based programmes that allow students to engage imaginatively with their surroundings. The artistic process develops the learner’s creative, evaluative and collaborative capabilities, whilst encouraging spontaneity, ingenuity and new ways of thinking. A flexible approach to learning allows the Classroom to be fine-tuned to meet the individual needs and artistry of our students.

The Classroom’s work will be shared with visitors to Future School through an exhibition in Venice and in Future School Online. ‘If education is the engine of social mobility, it is also the engine of prisoner rehabilitation.’ Dame Sally Coates.

Xenia Adjoubei — last month

Robert Mull, Karl Lenton, Claire Shepherd, Molly Hayward, Andrew Dickinson, Craig Lowe, Kirstin Barnes, Tim Leigh, Ben Callender, Andy Dye, Jonathan Leathley, Young Adults at HMP/YOI Wetherby

Xenia Adjoubei — last month
Global Free Unit (GFU)

Global Free Unit (GFU)

Venice, Online, Workshop

Live project classrooms across the planet shared with Future School

Overview

Centred on a critical understanding of the terms ‘global’ and ‘freedom’, the Global Free Unit puts forward a new agenda for architectural education in the 21st century. As active citizens and emerging practitioners, GFU students do not follow a classic academic course but are embedded in live project classrooms, which are based in a variety of contexts ranging from refugee camps to abandoned inner-city sites, prisons, demilitarised zones, migration centres and depopulating rural communities.

At the heart of the GFU is the core intent to radically reframe notions of value. Current educational structures prioritise competition, individualism and self-interest, which is then mirrored in practice. We are brokering a realignment of values by placing emphasis on a student’s own principles and life experience.

Exhibition program participants

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