Author(s): Loukia Tsafoulia & Severino Alfonso
Transiency no longer appears as a condition of exception, but rather as the predominant mode of existence in many parts of the world. The increased tension across and beyond national borders and territorial divisions has drawn the attention of designers across the globe and densified our reflections on questions of identity, equality, politics and economic exchange, expanding the reach of design from the realm of physical forms, into modes of interaction in social spaces. Planners and architects are being challenged to create infrastructural systems and new spatial structures of unparalleled resilience and elasticity. The paper presents part our research on the refugee crisis in the context of Greece, intertwined with the process and the experience gained as part of an advanced design studio Loukia Tsafoulia developed and taught during spring 2017 at the City College of New York. After its conclusion, the studio triggered an international call for contributions and it is currently under development for a book publication titled Transient Spaces, that explores conditions of impermanence and aims to stimulate conversations on issues of belonging and displacement.
Ángela García de Paredes, Iñaqui Carnicero & Julio Salcedo-Fernandez