Architects and photographers, artists and designers that do not ignore one of the most relevant issues of these years.

Ai Weiwei, F Lotus, 2016. © Ai Weiwei Studio, Photo © Belvedere, Vienna
You can’t say “the best of” when dealing with one of the most sensational phenomenon of our times: billions of people moving from one country to the other, driven by wars, famines, natural disasters or just by the desire of a better life. And it will not stop. But architects, artists and designers are thinking of possible solutions, sometimes just to move a discussion, some others to suggest real solutions.

– The dramatic challenge of the refugees was at the centre of the latest edition of “What Design Can Do”. Among the key projects was AGRIshelter, dwellings in hardwearing biodegradable materials.

– Made of 1,005 worn life jackets floating like lotus blossoms on the waters of the baroque ponds at the park of the Upper Belvedere, the Ai Weiwei’s work F Lotus addresses the current refugee crisis.

– The Beazley Design of the Year is a social enterprise that tackles the issue of the moment: providing shelter in exceptional situations caused by wars and natural disasters.

– The exhibition at the Triennale di Milano shows the projects of the 16 young photographers involved in Urban Layers and coming from all over the world.

– The exhibition Migrating Spaces focuses on common elements of domestic German architecture integrated into the homes of former guest workers upon their “definitive return” to Turkey.

– Fernando Romero’s Border City presents a new vision for a binational city on one of the world’s most important borders, that of the United States and Mexico.

– On view at MoMA, “Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter” explores how architecture, art and design have addressed the contemporary notion of living.

– In 8 chapters, 20 interviews and many photos, this book edited by Aberrant Architecture analyses the history of a Brazilian icon of public architecture: the CIEPs conceived by the architect Oscar Niemeyer.

– Meticulously replicating the architecture of the places in which he has lived and worked, Do Ho Suh’s structures at Victoria Miro, London, talks about migration and shifting identities.

Top: Ai Weiwei, F Lotus, 2016. © Ai Weiwei Studio, Photo © Belvedere, Vienna


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