Britt was awarded the inaugural Philip Y Bisset Travel Scholarship by the Australian Institute of Architects for her research proposal.
She will start her research in March, 2018.
Socio-political change, mass displacement, and, as a result, forced migration, are rapidly causing our communities to become increasingly more ethically and culturally diverse than ever before. In Europe, the UNHCR recorded 5.3 million applications for asylum, these applicants usually wait a number of months or years for their asylum status in refugee camps across the continent. Many of these camps are understaffed and have insufficient means to care for the influx of individuals and families arriving every day. How can Architecture respond?
Architecture does not provide us with whole or universal solutions - it simply helps to form strong foundations which, hopefully, provide safer and more inclusive communities. Where and how do we resettle so many people once refugee camps are no longer a viable option? I am interested in looking at the past failings of Post-WWII housing, the present conversations surrounding refugee migration, and the longer-term architectural future of this complex but important issue.
I will be documenting what I see with photographs, drawings and graphics, and plan to produce a print publication from this experience, in the hopes that it is a useful resource for others. During this time would also like to use this opportunity to assist in whatever way I can - I have a particular interest in volunteering on Emergency Architecture builds or at refugee camps.
1. Post-War Social housing: Historic approaches (London, Paris, Ex-USSR)
2. Emergency Housing / Refugee Camps: A Temporary Home (Istanbul, Greece)
3. Co-Housing: Contemporary Approaches (Denmark, Finland, Rotterdam, Berlin)
4. Conferences and Research: Contemporary dialogues (Delft)