The Bartlett School of Architecture


Infrastructures of Care: Spaces of Refuge and Displacement

10:00 am to 6:00 pm, 01 February 2019

The Jungle (Calais), 2015 photograph by I Katz

A symposium and exhibition at The Bartlett School of Architecture

Event Information

Open to



Huda Tayob


Various locations

Generously supported by The Bartlett Synergy Grant and the Institute for Advanced Studies and Refuge in a Moving World Research group.

This event brings together academics, activists, NGOs and spatial practitioners to discuss questions of infrastructures of care relating to forced migration. The aim is to explore the various spatial, material, human, and humanitarian entanglements of provision created for and by displaced people. 

Experiences of forced displacement and migration are profoundly shaped by the places where people find refuge and support. While the refugee camp dominates spatial studies and was considered a primary site of relief, today around 60% of the world’s forcibly displaced live in urban areas and the city has been recognised as a particularly important host to refugees.

In addition, as more than 80% of refugees live in developing countries, humanitarian concerns of protection and support are closely entangled with the social, political, and economic contexts of local populations. The broad array of formalised and informal spaces of displacement and refuge along with the ever-changing infrastructures of care and provision often destabilise the dichotomy between the city and camp and the meaning of concepts such as shelter and relief. This in turn suggests a re-thinking of how figures such as the forced migrant and the aid worker are understood.

While foregrounding the role of space, this initiative takes as a starting point the infrastructures of care which are varyingly understood as spatial, human, material and institutional mechanisms of support and agency, as well as of control and restriction. 

An accompanying exhibition will take place on the 1st floor landing of 22 Gordon Street from 01 – 08 February 2019.

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Further information

Please note that this event will be held across two locations.

10:00 – 13:00
Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS) Common Room
South Wing, Wilkins Building
University College London
Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT
13:00 – 18:00
Room 6.02
The Bartlett School of Architecture
22 Gordon Street

This event is organised by Dr Huda Tayob, Dr Irit Katz and Dr Giovanna Astolfo.


If you have any access requirements please let us know, send an email or call 020 3108 7337 

Image: The Jungle (Calais), 2015 photograph by I Katz