This paper was written with the support of the ESRC/AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund, award number ES/P005004/1. The research trips took place with the architect Dr Mark E. Breeze, based at St. John’s College, University of Cambridge. I would like to extend particular thanks and gratitude to Mark, with whom I have had many rich and productive discussions about architecture and its relationship with humanitarianism.
For more on the Architectures of Displacement project, see www.rsc.ox.ac.uk/research/architectures-of-displacement.
Interview with Nicholas Rutherford, 15 November 2017.
Interview with Johan Karlsson, 18 May 2017.
Interview with Johan Karlsson, 18 May 2017.
Fieldwork in February 2017 included interviews with all the main actors, including residents of the shelters themselves.
More about this project can be found in Delugan-Meissl et al. (2016) and at https://artsandculture.google.com/exhibit/LAJihV9h9VAiJA.
I am grateful to one of the anonymous reviewers of this article for raising this point. As they put it, Turner was advocating this approach at the much wider planning level: ‘not just as incremental “half-houses” … but as incremental “half-cities” as well’.
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