Refugee Architecture and Urbanism talk

Jan 02, 2017
Photo by: Mark Knobil A Darfur refugee camp in Chad, circa 2005.

Cushing — The Camden Conference free Community Events series continues with architects Brooke Harrington and Judy Bing’s presentation Sheltering Millions: Refugee Architecture and Urbanism Sunday, Jan. 15, at 2 p.m. at Cushing Public Library, 39 Cross Road.

The event is free and open to all. Snow date is Jan. 29.

Expelled from home by war, persecution, failed governance or natural disaster, refugees flee toward safety with few possessions and little protection from the elements. What types of shelters and camps protect the world’s 60-plus million refugees, where and with what provisions for their individual, communal and often long-term needs? This presentation explores past and existing refugee shelters and camp environments from a design perspective; and offers ideas for improved prospects.

The presenters are professors emeriti of architecture, Harrington of Temple University and Bing of Drexel University, in Philadelphia. Currently, they are both Center Associates at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University; and Visiting Scholars at the Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT, in Cambridge, Mass. They live in Cushing.

This presentation, hosted by the library, is offered as a free community event in in anticipation of the 30th annual Camden Conference — Refugees and Global Migration: Humanity’s Crisis, Feb. 17 through 19. The 30th anniversary Camden Conference Community Events Series is supported in part by the Maine Humanities Council.

The mission of the Camden Conference is to foster informed discourse on world issues. For more information, visit; email; or call 236-1034.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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