9 August 2018

Humanitarian Architecture Week


Esther Charlesworth

The fundamental purpose of architecture is to provide shelter, but in a world obsessed by novelty, development, and acquisition, this purpose is often subverted and obscured. Concerned with the welfare and wellbeing of individuals and communities, Humanitarian Architects address complex shelter and infrastructure challenges in vulnerable communities.

From Maningrida to Kabul, A Day in the Life of a Humanitarian Architect explores the practice and projects of a wide group of individuals dedicated to improving human welfare through designing shelter and infrastructure in complex post-disaster and socially marginalised communities.

This episode of WORKAROUND @rmitdesignhub begins with RMIT students joining Yasmeen Lari (Pakistan's first female architect) for a bamboo structure-building workshop, followed by a forum on related work by humanitarian designers from Australia and around the world.

Pictured: Walumba Elders Centre by @iredalepedersenhook
(IPH), photo by Peter Bennetts.

IPH has collaborated with Indigenous communities for 25 years, producing work that ranges from housing to schools, a prison, and a courthouse. This facility provides self-care and high-level care accommodation options for elders from the Community of Warmun, which was devastated by floods in 2011.

IPH co-director Martyn Hook will be speaking at A Day in the Life of a Humanitarian Architect.