For years and years, the word temporary has been paired with Refugee Camps. However, how correct is this pairing when the average stay in refugee camps in protracted situations can go up on average to almost 17 years?!
"Temporary" _ _ years is an interactive experience that aims to raise awareness about refugee camps by relying on UNHCR statistics. Based on these statistics, I built a contrast in in words pairing, and the definition of space, and time.
A re-definition of personal space
"the covered living area allocated in refugee camps to one person is 3.5 square meters." This UNHCR statistic is one of many that struck me during my research phase.
I decided to use this statistic to create the space of the exhibition, to put the visitor in perspective of space. I used tape on the floor to highlight the size, and wrote on it "You are standing on a 3.5 square meters the same amount of covered living area allocated in refugee camps to one person"
A re-definition of time
The second statistic I based my design on is : Every minute 20 people get displaced around the world.
Once I read this statistic I wanted to use it and show the contrast in time between a person who lives in an area of conflict and a person who doesn't. I started by using large bold type on the tent and directed the question at the visitor.
Two minutes later...
I then placed these two perspectives in one video for the viewer. Intentionally, I kept the video two minutes long, to bring back the viewer from all the numbers and connect them to real time they spent watching. (full video is available upon request).
Make a difference
The poor pairing of the words - temporary and refugee camps - resulted in temporary solutions to problems in camps for many years. However, for sometime now, many designers and innovators have been working on sustainable solutions for this huge global problem. in support to they amazing efforts, I designed a one platform that combines all of these amazing project in one place for people to have quick and easy access to them. This platform aims to first educate about problems in refugee camps, and share the sustainable solutions designed to solve these problems. Second, to create a space where you can take action by donating, volunteering, or to simply sharing ideas and supporting the community.
For further details about the design of the app, please, visit the following project