Pragmatic Design

The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, showcases 50 initiatives designed to improve the temporary situations faced by refugees. From clothing that can double as a tent, to improved signage in a refugee camp, and from linkable plastic floor sections for temporary shelters to a digital service that helps refugees navigate their new environment, the designs seek to provide practical, real-life solutions. Several of the proposals were conceived or implemented by refugees, like the flag designed by the Syrian Yara Said for the Refugee Nation during the last Olympic Games and the furniture by Cucula, which is produced in Berlin.

Solution or Utopia? Design for Refugees, until 27 August, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.

1. Yara Said, The Refugee Nation Flag. Photo: Angela Luna.