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Unsettlement

Hilary Huckins-Weidner

The refugee camp is now considered by many governments and international organizations to be ineffective and even harmful to refugee populations. But the transformation in the spatial strategies to attend to the needs of unsettled populations are under-examined.

Unsettlement is a book project led by Terreform's co-director Deen Sharp, with contributions from architects, social scientists and urbanists, that proposes to address this lacuna. 

Vyjayanthi Rao at 'Smart Cities?'

Nikhil Sambamurthy

On April 23rd, Terreform Co-Director Vyjayanthi Rao spoke at Smart Cities?, a conference hosted at The New School and organized by Storefront for Art and Architecture and Het Nieuwe Instituut.

The conference investigated urbanization in the 21st century by unpacking the notion of the 'Smart City' through three panel discussions: Impossible Objects, Political Objects, and Measuring Objects. Dr. Rao spoke in the first. 

Watch her presentation below, and read more about the conference on Storefront's website

Working with Ghana ThinkTank

Nikhil Sambamurthy

In January, at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Terreform joined forces with Ghana ThinkTank to help solve diversity problems identified by residents in Houston, Texas. Ghana ThinkTank works with communities in 'developing countries' to propose solutions to the issues plaguing more economically developed regions. Drawing on their experience living in the diverse, multicultural, and secular city of Kochi, residents came up with insightful and creative grassroots solutions to problems related to racial identity, religious intolerance, and resentment towards undocumented immigrants. The solutions will be implemented by the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts at CounterCurrent 2017 arts festival in Houston. 

The images below are from two focus groups that Andrea Johnson, Terreform's Research Director, participated in: one with volunteers at the Biennale and one with students at Aquinas College.