SANCTUARY IN HISTORY AND HUMAN RIGHTS

 

Panel discussion chaired by Tim Finch, author and Director of Communication at IPPR, Professor Panikos Panayi, academic and writer, Roland Schilling, UNHCR representative to London and Natasha Reid, artist/designer (creator of the Embassy for Refugees)   

 

The first panel discussion opened the Embassy for Refugees programme at Celebrating Sanctuary London 2013. The discussion explored the evolution of the concept of sanctuary for those escaping persecution, linking it to both the emergence of UNHCR and to the playful approach behind The Embassy for Refugees commission.  

Panel Discussions at The Embassy for Refugees


Photo: Louis Leeson www.louisleeson.com

Photo: Louis Leeson www.louisleeson.com

SANCTUARY, ARCHITECTURE AND SPATIAL JUSTICE

 

Panel discussion chaired by Dr. Áine O'Brien, with Sumita Sinha, Director, Ecologic Chartered Architect, Maurice Wren, CEO Refugee Council and Natasha Reid, MA (Cantab) DipArch, the creator of the Embassy for Refugees.

 

This panel addressed the concept of 'sanctuary' within architectural practice - and called upon examples of when this has been applied, where and to what end. The discussion  extended to the notion of 'spatial justice' overall and how it is understood within architectural practice and specifically in relation to the projects offering refuge for refugee communities.  It also explored the contributions refugee architects and designers have made and in which instance this has been significant.

 

Films of the panel discussions will be made available in due course.

© 2013 by Natasha Reid