Project name: Shelter in a Forest
Project location: Turkey
Firm name: HDR
Jury comments: This project is a shelter for refugees fleeing Syria. It takes its precedent from cabins called “bothies” in Scotland and other locations in northern Europe. They are shelters once used by shepherds and are now frequented by hikers and used as a place to ride out a storm or stay overnight. The proposed shelter for refugees would embrace the same code of ethics embraced by the hikers in Scotland who would keep the cabin clean, well-stocked with firewood, and left tidy for the next group of hikers.
The jury commended the project for taking on the issue of sheltering refugees as they traverse Europe but felt that this project seemed altruistic and romanticized the plight of the refugees. Although elegant in design and detailing, we felt these structures would not be able to support the needs of the vast quantity of refugees migrating into Europe.
We wondered how the desire to respectfully address the needs of refugees could successfully be scaled to provide shelter for the much vaster quantity of refugees fleeing into Europe.