Why IKEA Foundation’s flatpack refugee shelter won design of the year

January 31, 2017

Why IKEA Foundation’s flatpack refugee shelter won design of the year (The Guardian, 27 January 2017). Read more

The 25 Best Inventions of 2016 (Time Magazine, November 2016)

January 31, 2017

Every year, TIME selects the best inventions that are making the world better, smarter and—in some cases—a little more fun. In the past, we’ve featured everything from the real-life hoverboard to the desktop DNA lab. Read more here. Read more

Finding Talent & Entrepreneurs Among 21 Million Global Refugees (Forbes, September 2016)

January 31, 2017

For the last five years, news and images from the Syrian civil war have jarred our collective consciousness. Read more here. Read more

Five design innovations for Europe’s refugee crisis, vetted by IKEA’s head of design (Quartz, July 2016)

January 31, 2017

To address the worst refugee crisis in Europe since World War II, one Dutch design organization issued a global call to the creative community: “What can designers do to help?”. Read more here. Read more

What design can do for refugees (Vrij Nederland, June 2016)

January 31, 2017

An international design competition aimed at finding solutions to refugee issues yielded hundreds of entries. ‘The new generation of creative professionals mainly wants to contribute to society.’ Read more here. Read more

What Design Can Do Refugee Challenge unveils 25 shortlisted projects to improve refugee’s lives (Dezeen, June 2016)

January 31, 2017

25 designs that offer a range of solutions for improving the lives of refugees living in urban environments have been shortlisted for the first What Design Can Do Refugee Challenge. Read more

Humanitarian Aid – Business As Unusual? (Inter Press Service, June 2016)

January 31, 2017

Big business is most often seen by human rights defenders and civil society organisations as “bad news,” as those huge heartless, soulless corporations whose exclusive goal is to make the biggest profits possible. Too often and in too many cases this is a proven fact. Read more here. Read more

What Design Can Do launches design challenge to create solutions for refugees (February, 2016)

January 31, 2017

Dutch organisation What Design Can Do has launched an international competition to help find solutions for refugees facing a wide variety of challenges. The What Design Can Do Refugee Challenge was announced today at the IKEA Democratic Design Days in Zürich, Switzerland, with Dezeen joining as media partner. The UN Refugee... Read more

IKEA Foundation assembles a solution for Syrian refugees (The Christian Science Monitor, November 2015)

January 31, 2017

The Swedish furniture giant IKEA has a 57-square-foot solution to a giant, global problem: smarter shelters for refugees. Read more

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Flat-pack refugee shelter wins Design of the Year 2016

January 30, 2017

The IKEA Foundation's temporary shelter designed for refugees has been named the 2016 Beazley Design of the Year, beating the artwork for David Bowie's final album and a robotic surgeon. Better Shelter was announced as the winner at an awards ceremony that took place at the Design Museum's new home in London last week. Read more