Making the Difference: Izmir

Amalia KatopodisRobert MullSangram Shirke

The TIAFI Community Centre in Izmir, Turkey which supports two thousand Syrian woman and children trapped in Izmir by the 2016 EU- Turkey Deal. The project will build a new classroom on the roof of Tiafi providing practical, educational and employment support to TIAFI’s clients. Photo: Robert Mull.

Mull, Katapodis and Shirke are researching how displaced populations establish and maintain their identity and wellbeing whilst in transit and during the process of permanent settlement. They are working in the Turkish City of Izmir where Syrian refugees have become trapped following the 2016 EU- Turkey deal. With students from Umeå University and local partners they will use participatory methods to design and build a classroom on the roof of TIAFI Community Centre which provides practical and educational support to Syrian woman and children.

This project will not only improve the lives of two thousand vulnerable refugees but provide new knowledge and best practice as to how architecture and design can engage with one of the most urgent challenges facing our global society. The need is immediate and growing and we are privileged to play a small part in addressing this challenge by realising this project.