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From Camp to City: Urban Design and Refugees Custom rug for swissnex Gallery designed by Manuel Herz Architects for “Everyone a Humanitarian.”

Instead of being considered places of misery, how can refugee camps become spaces of social emancipation for their inhabitants? At this event, Basel-based architect and designer of the Everyone a Humanitarian space, Manuel Herz, explores the role of housing and urban planning in the context of forced displacement and emergencies. Challenging the predominant view of refugee camps as either purely humanitarian or dystopian, he investigates how people live, dwell, work, and enjoy themselves in these informal exterritorial spaces. Herz questions the role of NGOs and other humanitarian actors in this context, and addresses the dichotomy of temporary versus permanent, one of the core issues in the context of refugee settlements.