Picture: Aino Salmi
Picture: Aino Salmi

Housing solutions for asylum seekers – Competition brief announced

From Border to Home – Housing solutions for asylum seekers

The Museum of Finnish Architecture, in collaboration with the Finnish Association of Architects (SAFA), is organizing an open architectural competition for the design of temporary housing for asylum-seekers awaiting a decision on their refugee status. The proposals are intended to serve as a temporary solution prior to their finding permanent housing in Finland. The solution should support the integration of asylum-seekers into Finnish society and their acculturation in the local community as well as offer a positive first experience of living in Finland.

The competition aims to produce tangible solutions for housing asylum-seekers in Nordic society and the cold northern climate. The submissions will form the basis of an exhibition to be staged in the Finnish Pavilion at the forthcoming Venice Architecture Biennale in 2016. The exhibition will be co-produced by the Museum of Finnish Architecture and the Architecture Information Centre Finland. The theme of the forthcoming biennale curated by Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena – Reporting from the Front – voices a call for proactive communal responsibility among practitioners of architecture.

he deadline for registrations is midnight, November 23, 2015. Registration is by email: competitions@mfa.fi. The competition takes place from October 19 to November 11, 2015. The results will be announced on January 11, 2016. The brief and its appendices are distributed free of charge.

COMPETITION BRIEF
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