2018 Competition Results

17 Finalists selected from

200+ Proposals

400+ Participants


40 Countries and 100 Universities


Ideation Worldwide (IDeA) hosted its second annual Place and Displacement competition in 2018 which aimed to create a discourse on refugee livelihoods through projects that embody the dignity and resilience of refugees working to protect their autonomy, creativity and capability in difficult conditions. This year's Place and Displacement competition challenged young minds around the world to formulate an interdisciplinary architecture and public administration proposal for driving the integration of refugee communities within urban areas.

After months of preparation, we assembled a jury team consisting of the most influential and accomplished architects, professors, NGO leaders, and policy makers in the world. Our team, together with our jury through remote judging, went through all the submissions in a month-long process. More than 200 applicants were eventually narrowed down to 17 finalists, who have submitted proposals which we believe not only capture the spirit of our competition, but can help refugees communities become more involved within their neighborhoods.

Ideation Worldwide is proud to announce the winners and honorable mention teams of 2018's IDeA/Ideation Worldwide “Place and Displacement” Refugee Architecture Competition.


2018 Winners


Germany - Berlin


2018 Grand Winner

Ibrahem Al-Salameh, Petru du Toit, José Santiago Martinez Torres, Achilles Ahimbisibwe, Nikki Alaine P. Panaligan, Pallavi Chidambaranath, Elmer Gutierrez, Gabriela Barbulescu
(Transsolar Academy)

The pop-up kiosk facilitates face-to-face interactions between refugees and their German neighbours to inspire employment, study, or language companion support opportunities. These temporary settings facilitate gradual and harmonious acceptance of newcomers, which builds vibrant / diverse communities.

Kenya - Nairobi


Sheila Lin, Niku Jafarnia

This space is meant to be a flexible, collapsible, but most importantly, a safe, space for the Kenyan and the refugee LGBTQ community, designed around a community-building and income-generative practice of cooking food. The materials and construction methods proposed address the objectives of safety, security, flexibility, and transportability. 

Jordan - Amman

New Life in Forgotten Spaces

Harley Elliott, Kristin Erhardt, Weiran Liu, Chris Luna, Joshua Skinner

The purpose of this proposal is to establish the refugee community in Amman as a valuable asset
to the existing city. By allowing them the opportunity to bring life back into the forgotten spaces of
Amman, the native residents will be able to see, better understand, and more deeply appreciate the refugee
community not as outsiders, but as human beings.

Honorable Mention Projects

Amman - Jordan

Makhbaz Hikayat

Farida Sadliwala, Lilit Revazian, Batul Sadliwala

Makhbaz Hikayat’s theory of change can be stated as: Prospects of social cohesion between refugee and host communities improve when members of both are given the opportunity to work together on equal and inclusive terms, thereby modeling integration to their peers. Thus, the proposed initiative aims to improve refugees’ integration into Amman and make them feel more welcome. The initiative is a network of modular community restaurants where Syrian and other urban refugees work alongside Jordanians as a means to initiate dialogue with fellow Amman residents, while serving them quality, accessible, and affordable food.


Transitional Ecologies

Fawzi Bata, Yassin Al-Tubor, Mazen Jubeihi

The main goals of the proposed design are to provide urban refugees with spaces where they can learn
applied technical skills through educational platforms, implement the acquired skills through workshops
and necessary workspaces, sell products and services developed in the workshops, foster and grow their
own businesses using the gained knowledge and provided facilities, and transfer the knowledge to other
urban refugees/locals.

A Persistent Vision

Sama El Saket, Nadine Zaza

The 1948 Exodus, and how Jordan absorbed the influx of Palestinian refugees served as a starting point in understanding how we can learn from the failures and successes of the integration of the first major wave of refugees into Amman. Acknowledging, as well, the importance of the common pursuit of all Jordanians and Syrians is for employment, health, education and safety for themselves and their loved ones. In answering these, we designed 3 main hubs of integrations. The Women's Shelter + School The Syrian Market/ Center (Souq A’Shami), The Farm and Housing Area (Mazra3a).


Interaction Spaces for a Future

Patricia Muñiz, Luciano Gonzalez, Christina Botana, Saja Nashashibi, Giulia Moro

The issue we are addressing in our proposal is the situation of refugee adolescents aged 15 to18 that are outside the school system without any guarantee of future and being vulnerable to exploitation and forced labor. This project tries to offer a support program
for these young people that gives them back the motivation to resume their studies and offer professional training in the most requested trades, giving them the proper skills to indulge them in local markets.Young Jordanians also deal with a precarious labor market that offers few opportunities to access high-skill jobs according to their studies. Meanwhile, young refugees face high school drop-out rates, with limited access to work, (also low-skilled) and lack of access to university or professional studies. The aim of the proposal is to create a mentorship programme facing this issue.

Strangers to Neighbors

Samantha Ong, Zara Tamton, Aimee Knaus

‘Strangers to Neighbors’ is a proposal that intends to bring accessible public space into the neighborhoods of Jordan to encourage integration between the refugees and the locals. We are addressing three main components: a series of small-scale architectural interventions into local neighborhoods, an educational program reaching the children of the immediate community, and a public platform for interaction and integration.



Germany - Berlin

Enter the Void

Lukas Beer, Thi Duy An Tran,
Ksenija Zdešar

In spite of the current housing shortage and the outcry for new residential construction, there are many unused spaces in Berlin. Therefore planners and politicians have to be slightly more creative in making these available for reuse. The constructional shell of a building consumes approx. 50% of the entire budget. Saving on this cost and energy by reusing existing shells is what makes this approach sustainable. The base of using the vacant stock is a precise documentation of empty buildings and capacities of individual structures. We propose an online platform offering basic information to the specific user. The app or homepage is an open-source module, an upgrade of already existing webpages such as the German
leerstandsmelder.de ("vacancy alarm“).

Klein Berlin

Weronika Kaczmarek, Karolina Tadek, Magdalena Wiktorska

The idea of our project is to integrate locals and newcomers by children who are the best if we talk about adaptation in new environment. Taking good care of our children, providing them with prosperity
and proper education is one of the shared traits in all the cultures. According to this point we claimed that children can impact and support assimilation process of their families and their integration can be
the generator for adult’s cooperation and mutual understanding.



Baptiste Le Gouard, Sibylle Pavageau, Pablo Flores, Geoffrey Airiau, Philippine Barbato, Léa Lecollinet

B-Neighbours involves different stakeholders. At the beginning we have the planification team,composed by architects,social workers,
urbanists, public authorities, who works on the identification of vacant spaces available. Public authorities will prefer our alternative because it proposes a permanent solution to the lack of refugees’ housings, the need of local community places and the touristic seasonal renting. Then local
communities and integrated refugees will discusstheir needs and wishes with the planification team, in terms of multi-usesspaces and housings.


Your Story, Your Berlin

Alexandra Lau, Noah Roesler,
Carl Berry, Craig Speck, Dan Qin

The You Story, Your Berlin Project includes pavillions throughout Berlin, with one structure in every “transformation area” in Berlin. The Urban Development Concept: Berlin 2030 plan developed by the
Senate Department for Urban Development and the Environment defines the following areas of Berlin as
“transformation areas”: Berlin Mitte, City West, Stadspree and Neukölln, Wedding, Berlin TXL, Spandau,
Schöenewide-Adlershof-BER, Südwest, Marzahn-Hellersdorf, and Buch. Partnerships will be determined by availability within each transformation, with the goal to partner with the following industries: federally funded cultural institutions (e.g. museums, libraries), architecture firms, and manufacturing companies.

Waiting Rooms

Helen Kongsgaard, Michelle Franco, Nuith Morales

This project intervenes within the waiting period in which many asylum seekers find
themselves upon arrival in Berlin and claims space for the refugee population throughout the city’s open space network. A series of outdoor rooms are inserted into Berlin’s existing green space at strategic locations throughout the city. These open-air courtyards repurpose existing green spaces for domestic use as living rooms, dining rooms, gardens and orchards. Each room is marked by a colonnade, while the ground plane is modulated with colorful paving patterns
that reference the rich history of the Islamic garden tradition.


Nairobi - Kenya


Amit Modi, Prachi Metawala

The 'Node' is an outcome of a 'diaspora' of such defunct railroad warehouses, meter gauge train coaches and shipping containers salvaged and reused on site in addition to newly constructed warehouses and railway tracks to accommodate the various functions to aid refugee integration and address their problems, supplemented by supporting policy framework and business model to establish a sustainable give and take relationship between refugees, the humanitarian agencies, the Government of Kenya and Kenya's private sector.

Roaming Resources

Tim Walsh, Scarlet Weaver, Ana Misenas, Nathaniel Leigh, Achyuthan Ramaswamy

The core agenda is to tackle the issue of waste management in Nairobi by providing an optimal sustainable
solution that helps integrate the Somali refugee populace into the Nairobian society. This will be achieved by providing a livelihood that ties into the generation of an active revenue model for the Kenyan government. To implement this concept a scheme of three nodes is developed that each handle waste differently and have similar architectural expression for wider and faster building capabilities. The model basically follows the ‘live over work’ culture which integrates the housing component as a budgeting requirement for sustaining each of the nodes. Tailored changes are incorporated according to the specificity of individual node requirements..

Vehicle of Adaptations

Soobin Kim, Kiwon Jeon, Daye Kim

The physical design constructs an intermediary space between the interior and exterior of the matatu called
“SEMI.” SEMI consists of the rear opening of the vehicle, a flight of stairs, and exterior space hooded by an overhang. Through assemblage, SEMI is able to harness diverse typologies. Multiple vehicles engage and disengage into a flocking system that shapes SEMI, mediating between the matatus’ private and public space. Each vehicle’s SEMI may not claim square footage larger than the size of its overhang, as stated in
the regulatory code. The pilot vehicles are designed to showcase the variety of possibilities for outfitting and arranging the matatus to fit the spatial needs of the community.



Matatu Meals

Dr. Gul Kacmaz Erk, Ciara Mitchel, Conor Reid, Amy Service, Niall Walsh

The scheme hopes to create bonds between the refugees and the locals living in Nairobi. Through the share act of cooking and eating the proposal will
create an interactive platform for locals to interact with refugees throughout the city and experience the culinary influence of a different culture. An important aspect of the proposal in promoting dignity and normalcy amongst the refugees with the right to work, learn and socialise all in the same urban landscape.