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In Academic, Monday, February 01, 2016

The current influx of refugees and migrants from countries suffering from humanitarian crises into Europe is challenging the architectural discipline to develop new, hybrid typologies and provide multi-scalar concepts that not only address existential needs for food and shelter, but provide architectural spaces for interaction, coexistence and support in order to create livelihoods for those arriving in a new world. Portugal has offered to host over 4000 refugees who have chosen other countries as their destination due to lacking opportunities to begin a new life. The projects in Cascais and Lisbon will showcase new hybrid typologies that are embedded in the specific urban contexts while providing a program and architectural layout that aims to accommodate and foster the exchange between those that are arriving, visitors, and inhabitants. The Migrations University and Hotel aim to bring proposals to the fore that produce a level of concentration and hybridization that activate the building, its individual uses and the surrounding urban fabric. Both the marina in Cascais and the Lisbon waterfront are prime central locations. The project is divided into three phases:

1. The European Workshop on Waterfront Urban Design at Lusofona University, Lisbon

2. A joint urban vision represented in maps, diagrams and models will include a qualitative and quantitative urban vision for the respective project and

3. The formulation of individually embedded multi-scalar architectural concepts

Involved Academics:

Assoc . Prof. Dr. Cornelia Redeker

MSc. Ibrahim Saleh