The world of today, a product of the Neoliberal system, has left nature tamed: dominated by societal structures, fossil fuel industries and dictated by monitory values1.

The disruption caused by man triggered a chain of reactions throughout the whole ecosystem – from the degradation of biodiversity, extinction of thousands animal species to the

impact on humanity:

rotating poverty, extreme inequality and forced displacement due to more frequent and intense political conflicts, economic uncertainty, cultural outbreaks, global pandemics and last but not least catastrophic climate events.2

Migrants seeking economic and social opportunities within the city – a space once known as ‘a frontier zone for all encountars‘ – are challenged from a political scale to a social one.

The city – an extraction field

of public goods –

has its public urban tissue dissolving in the hands of wealthy investment, mass privatisation and foreign development. 3

We are now living through

the largest wave of human

displacement worldwide.

70.8 million people are forcibly displaced globally including 25.9 million refugees of whom over half are children 4. Spontaneous generations, children banned from a future, camps prescribed into stateless cities – all due to being dictated as ‘temporary‘, ‘provisional’ or ‘in-between’. But life still happens in-between – walls, shelters or borders. Refugee camps of today are becoming permanent at a rapid pace and can no longer  be considered temporary settlements 5

Similar to other industries of the Neoliberal society, the vast majority of today’ s architectural practices dominating the scene end to

design for profit and not

for social impact

take business as usual  in a world of crisis, promote privatisation of public goods over social and environmental cohesion 6 and ultimately fail to design for the ones who are in the most need. 

But ‘If good design is only for the privileged few,what is it good for?’ 7

The humanitarian and ecological crisis on which trajectory the world is currently heading to is demanding a new approach – starting from an individual’s daily routine, to collective activities, business and consequently to the practice and educational system of architecture and design. 8

Design for Good is a collaborative

platform seeking design solutions

to humanitarian issues by:
1. investing dignity in the context it operates

2. giving voice and citizenship to the ones it serves

3. enhancing the identity of a place by promoting the use of local materials, labour and vernacular design

The new approach to practice promotes design as a collaborative tool for social & environmental cohesion and
advocates for humanitarian justice by elevating architecture at the forefront of Human Rights.