‘Toward Healthy Housing for the Displaced’, the winning entry to the RIBA President’s Awards for Research 2017 Housing category, was written by a team of researchers from the Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering at the University of Bath.
Their work highlights the neglected issue of indoor environmental conditions that displaced people are exposed to; conditions that are often extreme and can have serious implications for the health of the occupants. The reality is that there are 10’s of millions living in these ‘temporary’ camps, which often endure for years on end. Using literature review and collecting on-site longitudinal data and occupant interviews from camps in Jordan, the team sought to understand and document the range of climatic conditions faced by those living in the camps, the problems caused and the adaptions made to alleviate the situation.
With projects involving displaced peoples and camps making a regular contribution to the RIBA President’s Awards for Research, we have invited other leading researchers to present their work and provide a broader perspective on this often overlooked aspect of shelter for displaced people.
We invite you to join the discussion, along with researchers in-the-field, to explore ongoing efforts to improve the conditions of the many that find themselves forced from their homes and their normal lives.
Prof David Coley & Dr Jason Hart, University of Bath
Dr Nasser Golzari, Golzari-NG- Architects
Dr Irit Katz, University of Cambridge, Affiliated Lecturer, Department of Architecture
Dr Maria Faraone, Oxford Brookes University, Lecturer, School of the Built Environment