Refugees’ Pavilion named in Top 10 installations at London Design Biennale 2018

The Refugees’ Pavilion, a project Nairobi Design Week has created with partners for the London Design Biennale 2018, has been named in the Top 10 best installations by Dezeen.

One of the highlights of the Biennale in our debut year…

“For the first time, the biennale includes a space to represent refugees, which is housed within the framework IKEA Foundation’s Better Shelter, a structure that can be assembled by four people in just a few hours from the contents of two cardboard boxes.

The shelter contains a collection of objects made by refugees, and throws light on the fact that although the housing in refugee camps is necessarily temporary, the camps themselves are often anything but.”


Lead designer of the Refugees’ Pavilion Adrian Jankowiak was featured on the New York Times panel discussing ‘the power of design in public policy and international relations’.

The Refugees’ Pavilion has also been featured by other press outlets, such as Creative Review, Monocle, Arabian Business, Gulf News, Zetteler, Global Times, Sight Magazine, as well as the UNHCR Refugee Brief and others.

In Monocle, Dr Christopher Turner, the Artistic Director of the London Design Biennale, cites the Refugee Pavilion as a prime example of how the exhibition achieves its aim. “It acknowledges the unrepresented, showcasing some of the designs made within migrant camps,” he explains.

Embedded video by Thomson Reuters Foundation featuring the Refugees’ Pavilion.

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