This spring, Design in Public and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Seattle chapter hosted Displaced: Design for Inclusive Cities, an international design ideas competition calling upon designers of all disciplines to apply the power of design thinking to the urgent need to welcome, support and empower urban immigrants and refugees.
The distinguished jury included Mayor Allan Ekberg (City of Tukwila), Charles Mudede (The Stranger), Cleo Barnett (Amplifier), Milenko Matanovic (Pomegranate Center and Institute for Everyday Democracy), Osama Quotah AIA (LMN Architects), Sergio Dávila (Metropolitan University, Mexico City) and Sheryl Cababa (Artefact).
From 40 submittals, the jury chose 5 final award winners, with a diversity of ideas for improving the immigrant and refugee experience. The jury especially appreciated common themes of humanity centered design that allowed for self-agency and creating experiences, and projects that focus on a journey versus a product. Design in Public and AIA Seattle awarded $15,000 in prize dollars and a public gallery exhibition to the winners who developed ideas that rethink how we design our cities to improve the lives of everyone.
The winners were announced at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center as part of the Seattle Design Festival and in conjunction with the Discovery Center’s exhibition, also a part of the festival, Design With the 90%: Improving Lives Around the World.
Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to the global community who participated in this event!
Comparte/lo Simple by Juan Manuel Garcia Alvarez & Mariana Santibañez Pantoja is a conceptual solution of a network of safety and information hubs to support migrants moving through Mexico from Honduras and Central America, providing for basic human needs, access to vital information, and involving migrants in exploring what safety means. View submittal.
Seattle Resource Hubs | Connect + Access by Sundberg Kennedy Ly-Au Young Architects is a conceptual project idea using uninspired physical spaces at regional transit centers and in the urban core, like parking garages, to create centers for face-to-face interactions among and with refugee and immigrant communities with resources, information, and opportunities. View submittal.
Cuiseen by Benjamin Ku is the idea of using a food truck training program as cultural story-telling through food and as a structure that helps build future opportunities. View submittal.
Displaced Handbook by Clemente Miller, Wendy Greenberg, Daniel Lee, and Ricki Xie in partnership with World Relief is a proposal for a physical handbook and digital app about key needs and services a displaced person might need navigating a new city. View submittal.
Rose Triangle Commons by Juliana Hom and Mo Li is a studio project proposing the creation of a neighborhood cultural and transportation hub on a currently awkward leftover lot in the Rainier Valley neighborhood of Seattle. View submittal.
AlloFUN, the educational game by Lorie Péron
Bayti – Temporary Housing for Refugees by Elise Lécuyer
Day 31 by Jessica Marquardt and Tak Stewart
Exploring Incremental Modularity Of Town Hall Refugee Camp by Alvi Muhtasim
F.A.M by Jennifer Wang, Brooke Streater, Genevieve Townsend, Reika Akamine, and Leo Shao
Friends Near and Far by Rachel Lee, Nate Imai, and Matthew Conway
From Riots to Successful Urban Regeneration Via Minecraft by Paul Byron Crane
Hands On Mobile Friendship Centers by Beverly Aarons and Anjl Rodee
Ho Chi Minh Village by Janice Wang and Megan Herzog
Illu Bandi by Erica Orfanos, Thomas Huntingford, and Brigit Skilbeck
Immigrant Power! by Giannina Granata Silverman
Live upon the Sea by Guoxi Zhou and Lan Li
Manifest(o) by Amelia Smith and Meher Nishchal Bahl
METROPOLIS: A Green & Multicultural City of your Own! by John Martoni
Mr by Arberor Hadri, Wasim Khalfey, Mohammed Rahmany, and Abderrahim Elmenani
Nest by Irene Song, Duy Vo, Heather Redrow, Ashley Vanbrunt, and Daniel Jeon
New Lines: Museum of the Displaced by Sasha Topolnytska
Oasis by Yoshiaki Ando, Oscar Ayala, Adriana Bacilo, Christian Cepeda, Priscila Chin, Israel Esparza, Daniela Fernandez, and Tere Galindo
Overnight Canvas by Xiaojing Tian, Chuyi Song, Hao Tu, Ho Nam Kelvin Ip, and Aishwarya Sharma
Place Your Roots by Jianan Zhuang, Jimmy Nguyen, Aiden Yau Chun Wong, Madeleine Brown, Josephine Wilandouw
Prosper by Maali Aubin-Salhi, Katie Lee, Jennifer Phan, Sarah Pradel, and Mina Vedut
Reconnection (through) Urban Courtyards by Benedetta Rodeghiero, Marco Terranova, Felipe Gómez Aguirre, and Chiara Buffa
ReWA Community Center by Forrest Murphy, Matt Hutchins, Sofia Soto, Sarah Hill, and Adam Clements
Security Through Familiarity by Michael Austin and Queena Yi
Somali Youth & Family Club Community Café by Owen Richards, Juan Rodriguez Lopez, Virginia Bosworth, Whitney Lewis, and Jeremy Goodie
Temporary Village by Lam Chin Ming
Tether by Chauncey Drinon
The Social Network by Seoyoung Cho, Ji Won Lee, Tanya Towell, Samantha Sorensen, and Ruilu Yu
The Stilts Commune by Soobin Kim, Jane Yang, and Sunghea Khil
The Welcome Desk by Logan McClish, Amber Mikluscak, Kyle Braun, Stella Pierce, and Liz Hadley
un.common.grounds by Merve Bedir and Jason Hilgefort
Urban Billabong by Anika van Blommestein, Julie Kim, Alice Gilbert, Jessica Watson, and Peter Phuah
Urban Compass by Conrad To, Caitlin Neil, Jake Fornasaro, Maddie Kelly, and Sean Clarke
Urban Ecotone by Kelly Sommerfeld, Thor Peterson, Kate Krueger, Sharon Lee, Mahnaz Eshetu, and LIHI and REWA staff and residents
Urban Fusion: A New Path by Garrett Nelli, Taylor Danielle Heim, Gustavo Bustamante, and Jared Eisenhower
The Displaced Competition was presented by Design in Public and AIA Seattle and sponsored by DLR Group.