6th Holcim Awards 2020/21

176 Connective Threads Refugee shelters using upcycled textile waste Zaatari Refugee Camp, Jordan Holcim Awards Acknowledgement prize 2020 Middle East Africa Combining the surplus of the global textile industry with the limited means of refugee camps, T-Serai (Textile System for Experimental Research in Artistic Impact) introduces a “cultural technology” to strengthen the ethnographic and environmental resilience of displaced populations. The project deploys participatory design and upcycled textiles for the creation of modular tapestries that serve as refugee shelters for displaced Syrians in Jordan. Inspired by cultural traditions of the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region, the tapestries can provide a better insulation of temporary settlements, preserve cultural memory and add aesthetic qualities to the refugees’ daily reality. Recycled jeans layered over emergency blankets can be used for mobile storage, or to set up colorful tents for Global Holcim Awards Commendation update page 46

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