Shelters – Public Debates 2022

May 27, 2022

Eighty million people were displaced in 2021 due to conflict and natural disasters and, in just over two months, the current crisis has forced another 12.5 million people to flee within the country or to neighbouring ones. The average duration of displacement is twenty-six years, so, while we tend to think of displacement as something temporary, most often, it is not.

The first edition of the Norman Foster Foundation’s Public Debates on Shelters, taking place Wednesday 8 June 2022 with the support of Holcim, will tackle the challenges and potential solutions to provide shelter to these vulnerable communities.

With a five-minute keynote and debate between the following experts:

  • Johan Karlsson, Managing Director, Better Shelter, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Elena Giral, Project Manager, European Emergency Shelter and Emergency Transport and Logistics, European Commission (EC)–Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations, Brussels, Belgium

And with a never-seen-before conversation between the two Pritzker-recipients:

  • Norman Foster, President, Norman Foster Foundation
  • Shigeru Ban, Founder and Principal Architect, Shigeru Ban Architects, Tokyo, Japan

Join the conversation: #SheltersWorkshop #NormanFosterFoundation @NormanFosterFdn

The Public Debates are free and open to the public, with a limited capacity, after registering via Eventbrite. Access is granted on a first-come basis. Please note that registration does not guarantee entry once full capacity has been reached. The public debate will be held in English without translation.

Supported by Holcim