Posts Tagged ‘refugees’

From Syria to Greece to Corbusier: Hozoviotissa monastery

Saturday, September 5th, 2015

Earlier this summer a number of the Syrians fleeing civil war landed on the Greek island of Amorgos. Amorgos is not a common landing point in the exodus—most people are now landing on Kos not far from the Turkish coast. But Amorgos is the easternmost of the Cycladic island group, so I am guessing people coming west from Turkey through the Dodecanese islands reached it first (see map at bottom).

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NeverHome – refugees in Canada, & Aylan Kurdi, the child who never made it here

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

“Between 2010 and 2014, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees found that Canada dropped from fifth to fifteenth in the list of refugee-receiving industrialized countries.”

This fact about Canada’s failure to take in its share of refugees, and about the way it imprisons refugees in Canada for years on end, with children being born and growing up in jail, comes from the excellent website NeverHome.ca.

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Disaster architecture – Japan

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Sendai and environs will require temporary architecture to house those displaced by the March 11 tsunami. There’s need for both immediate relief shelters and longer-term temporary housing. One of the world’s most famous architects of disaster relief structures is himself Japanese: Shigeru Ban has worked extensively with the United Nations on varities of relief architecture, and is an expert on the use of paper for such structures (see this previous post).

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