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Creating Resilient Communities through War and Disaster at HUBweek

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    Free and open to the public

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    Knowledge Community



Join HUBweek's Media Stage for a presentation looking at growing human migration and displacement due to violence, famine, and persecution, and in anticipation of the foreseeable migration of climate refugees, globally and nationally. Our aim is to make visible the voices, movements and activities of those living in at risk neighborhoods, temporary encampments, or other impermanent “permanent” shelters due to these factors in Boston, Haiti, Lebanon, and more. According to the UNHCR, the average stay of refugees in temporary encampments is now 27 years.

This presentation will also be livestreamed. For a more detailed presentation, join ABX 2018 for the full session!

Michael McHugh
Open Architecture Collaborative (OAC)

Robert Freni AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Director of Architecture, Build Health International (BHI)
Natasha Espada AIA, LEED BD+C
Principal, STUDIO ENÉE architects
Patricia Seitz AIA
Professor and Head of Graduate Architecture Program, MassArt

The Boston Society of Architects/AIA (BSA) is presenting this showcase between Open Architecture Collaborative Boston (OAC); resilientSEE; Syria Initiative for Refugee Children; and Build Health International (BHI).

Open Architecture Collaborative (OAC)
The Open Architecture Collaborative is a US-based nonprofi t (501c3) supported by a global chapter network. We develop educational programming for designers and architects to grow as leaders and changemakers while simultaneously producing placemaking programs with community developers and associations to inspire ownership and civic engagement in traditionally marginalized communities.

We’re a global alliance committed to designing and rebuilding a resilient, sustainable Puerto Rico. Together, we’re creating opportunities for Puerto Rico to recover and thrive through thoughtful design and strategic planning. We’re donating our time and resources to raise global awareness about resilience, and to develop pilot programs aimed at protecting the island from future extreme weather events.

Syria Initiative for Refugee Children
In recognition of the growing human migration and displacement due to violence, famine and persecution, and in anticipation of the foreseeable migration of climate refugees, globally, nationally, and to the New England area, the Syria Initiative for Refugee Children was established in 2016 as a new model of transnational, crosssectoral collaboration to design and build spaces that address the needs of the most vulnerable Syrian refugees: children.

Build Health International (BHI)
Build Health International develops high-quality healthcare infrastructure in impoverished regions of the world to enable the provision of dignified care to those who need it most.

About HUBweek
Founded in December 2014 by The Boston Globe, Harvard University, MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital, HUBweek is a first-of-its-kind civic collaboration and weeklong festival that brings together the most creative and inventive minds making an impact in art, science and technology.

There is a unique concentration of brainpower, ingenuity, and creativity in the Greater Boston region; it draws people from around the world and from every industry. The unifying characteristic is a willingness to attack big problems, and a focus on making life better and improving the human condition at both a local and global level.

HUBweek exists to support and strengthen that innovation ecosystem – and to connect people to it from here and abroad. We believe in collaboration, inclusivity and, above all, impact. We have built a community of thousands of smart, curious, creative people working hard to build a better future. We hope you’ll join us.