Cities and refugees global student design competition

The number of people fleeing conflict, violence and disasters across the world has never been higher. 

Most refugees do not live in camps - forced displacement is now an urban phenomenon. Globally some 60% of forcibly displaced people live in cities, a number which is as high as 90% in some countries.

This global design ideas competition invites students to design a physical intervention/series of interventions that meaningfully improves the lives of refugees in the city, in the short, medium and/or long term.

Above all, design intervention(s) must result from the consideration of ‘non-physical’ issues such as social engagement, integration, livelihoods and governance.

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Hosted by the Rapid Urbanisation Grand Challenge at UNSW (Sydney), with Australian Red Cross, ARUP International Development, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Association of Pacific Rim Universities Sustainable Cities and Landscapes Program Hub (APRU SCL).