Pop-up sacred space designed for refugee camps

An 'informal tented settlement' in Lebanon's Bekaa valley. The mountains in the background form the border with Syria, just a few miles away. Around 1 million Syrians have crossed the border into Lebanon, the majority of them this year. Many of them are now living in basic settlements like this - flimsy informal strutures that offer little protection from the elements. UK aid is providing shelter improvement kits through agencies including Save the Children to help people reinforce their shelters before the onset of winter. The kits include durable plastic sheeting and basic tools and materials, as well as some basic training in how to make improvements.

Two US students have put together a concept for pop-up places of worship to be constructed in refugee camps.

Lucas Boyd and Chad Greenlee  from the yale School of Architecture have responded to the theme of this year’s Venice Biennale which calls on designers to incorporate social themes into their work.

The pair came up with proposal designs based on various faiths, including Islam, that can be quickly built in the camps


They said: “While [places of worship] do not provide a basic need for an individual’s biological survival, they do represent a fundamental aspect of not only an individual’s life beyond utility, but an identity within the collective, a familiar place of being—and this is something that we consider synonymous with being human—a requirement for the persistence of culture.”

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