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  • UserGrainne Hassett (architect, lecturer, School of Architecture, University of Limerick), Irit Katz (architect, lecturer, Department of Architecture, Cambridge), Toby Parsloe (PhD student, Department of Architecture, Cambridge)
  • ClockFriday 26 January 2018, 13:00-14:00
  • HousePembroke College, Room N7.

If you have a question about this talk, please contact Julia Doyle.

The Cambridge Migration Society presents a series on Humanitarianism and Development in the Governance of Migration “Crises”.

ABOUT THE SERIES : This series brings together development practitioners, humanitarian workers, and academics in various fields to explore and critically discuss how policies and practices in the fields of development, humanitarianism, and migration control inform and intersect with each other.

ABOUT THE SEMINAR : In both urban and camp spaces of displacement, physical infrastructure shapes the daily lives of migrants living within them. This seminar analyzes the role of the architect in the humanitarian management of these spaces and thus, the crafting of urban and camp dwellers’ futures. Speakers will address the problematic part that architecture plays by solving short-term needs, which often exacerbates temporary spaces of displacement. The seminar aims to explore how architects are attempting to create sustainable infrastructure that meets short- and long-term needs within a context of contradictory migration policy imperatives.


GRAINNE HASSETT teaches at the University of Limerick’s new School of Architecture, while also being a practicing architect who has her own practice “Hassett Ducatez Architects”. Their work has received numerous awards and prizes. Grainne generated the “Calais Maps”, which is a series of architectural, urban and landscape drawings. Highlighting the importance of architectural research through practice, Grainne organised/built community infrastructure at Calais to include a women’s and children’s centre, a therapy and community space, a vaccination unit, and a youth centre, amongst other projects.

IRIT KATZ is an architect and scholar who studies spaces of displacement and refuge, in camps and in cities. She is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perry World House and an Affiliated Lecturer in the Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge.

TOBY PARSLOE is a PhD student at the University of Cambridge and member of the Centre for Urban Conflicts Research (UCR) in the Department of Architecture. His PhD research examines the spatial implications of the ‘camp’ that has manifested in European cities during the most recent refugee crisis, with a particular focus on Berlin and wider Germany. Toby received his BA in History from the University of Bristol in 2015, and his MPhil in Architecture and Urban Studies from the University of Cambridge in 2016.

Refreshments will be served. *This seminar is supported by the Pembroke Refugee Response Group.

This talk is part of the Cambridge Migration Society series.

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