As of the latest, there are 65 million displaced people due to politics and natural calamities. It is one of the primary concerns of Germany to mitigate this problem so in partnership of Goethe Institut and SoFA Design Institute, they formed Designers United: Sheltering for Displaced Humanity, a competition for socially responsible design as a platform to raise awareness about the problem.
It is an interdisciplinary competition that aims to create housing prototypes to shelter the refugees and the displaced. The merging of the perspectives from fields of Architecture, Interior design, Industrial Design, and fashion design can make an interesting process and approach to find the solution for the problem. The organizers wanted to see the balance between the rigid and complex tectonics of the Architects and Interior designers and the flexibility and compactness of the products of the Industrial designers and fashion Designers.
Twenty-eight young designers ages 20-30 years old from trades of Architecture, Fashion Design, Industrial Design, Interior Design and currently enrolled 4th year to 5th-year students from the said fields who applied for the open call will be chosen to become finalists.
Chosen Participants will be randomly paired regardless of their field and will be mentored in 10 intensive sessions taught by top designers in the country. The competition will adapt a design studio setup that will culminate in a public presentation of the project.
Refugees and the displaced sometimes experience discrimination in their places of refuge. Especially in poor communities, the arrival of thousands of additional mouths to feed may stimulate a sense of competition for limited resources.
The SKIBO or Skin and Bones, takes its inspiration from the great nations that had a history of nomadic living such as Mongolia, USA and East Asia. The Designers believed that nomadic living can create a sense of independence and empowerment on the refugees like how the great nations were formed before.
SKIBO is a structure with a capacity of six, which can easily be erected and dismantled, allowing families. to relocate easily and quickly if necessary. It is composed of two inter-related materials – a Goretex skin combined with a lightweight frame of extruded aluminum; and a snap-and-slide technology that lets it adapt to the daily activities of the family.
UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS
Maxine Panlilio, uap
BS ARCHITECTURE- Registered Architect
DE LA SALLE – COLLEGE OF SAINT BENILDE