Space of Refuge (A Spatial Installation & Symposium)

Space of Refuge (A Spatial Installation & Symposium): The 'Space of Refuge’ is a spatial installation which has emerged out of the extensive fieldwork research undertaken by Samar Maqusi, a PhD by Architectural Design student within the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.Her research investigates the spatial production and evolution of Palestinian refugee camps since the 1940s, situating this within a documented history of practices of different host countries and the precarious geo-political situation in the Middle East. Further, the installation examines how different policies in different host countries affect the architecture of the refugee camps, turning them into intensive forms of socio-political co-existence. It also highlights the question of what becomes of these urban spaces when they are left unresolved over a protracted period of time. In conjunction to the installation, a day symposium will also take place, gathering scholars from UCL and beyond who will aim to situate the issue of Palestinian refugees as a precursor of urgent matters of 'refuge' on a wider scale around the world. Taking place 10-15 March, 2017 at the P21 Gallery, 21 Chalton Street, London, NW1 1JD.​