Cucula Workshop

Problem to be solved: Refugees’ Craft and Design

Along with politicians, artists and collaborators, CUCULA is engaging in practical solutions, to help
people holding refugee status to escape social isolation and the related stigma. A design manu-
facture for sustainable products is growing in a former factory along the Spree river in Berlin.
Refugees are here given the opportunity to learn and experiment collectively.


CUCULA gives people, for whom the doors of society are locked, access to education. CUCULA
establish a ‘welcoming culture’, which helps refugees to break with the notion of ‘victimhood’, and
at the same time unfold their self-efficacy and to open up a perspective for a self-determined life.

Designer: CUCULA
Country: Germany
Year: —

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Ikea Flatpack Shelter

Problem to be solved: Shelter for Refugees

Millions of refugees displaced by poverty, oppression, war and natural disaster. Most end up living
in canvas tents of a basic design that are hot in summer, cold in winter. On World Refugee Day
in June, the Ikea Foundation unveiled a new flat-pack refugee shelter with a modular design and
solar panel designed to help improve living conditions for refugees.


By unveiling a comfortable, solar-powered shelter can provide emergency housing for natural
disaster victims and refugees. they can be set up in a snap to provide immediate shelter for
those in need.

Designer: IKEA Foundation and UNCHR
URL: IKEA Foundation
Country: Africa
Year: 2013

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