Our work is to find innovative solutions that help alleviate the suffering of people that have been traumatically displaced. We believe that this work can only be successful when one soberly accepts and strives to understand real human suffering. Heart-felt empathy and sincere respect precede the possibility of meaningful and durable change when working with those most at risk.
Our work is at its best when collaborative and firmly grounded in specific communities or cultures; where pragmatism and the realpolitik are fundamental concerns. The complexity of this work requires nimble expertise in a broad range of technical areas, from public health to international human rights law, and demands to be conceived over a range in scales, from industrial design to regional planning. Improvisational approaches developed in context tend to eclipse solutions preconceived in remote, aseptic studios. There are no silver bullets.
Our work is made better by the demands of many voices. Unfortunately, their number is always increasing. An estimated 42 million people are currently displaced by conflict and natural disaster. In the next 90 years this number will increase by 145 million due to climate change. The majority of these people will be extremely poor and forced to live in areas that will not support their traditional folkways due to adverse environmental conditions and mass urbanization. We aspire to help mitigate the suffering of those that will become displaced by helping to create new, humane solutions that support universal human rights.