The lecture will take place in the framework of the course: Spaces of Solidarity. The course aims at examining community-driven spaces and spatial processes that pool and share resources to build social cohesion in times of crisis or absence of government, at a variety of scales, places, and contexts. It also attempts to explore environments of community formation and open up a dialogue on the agency of design in enacting and facilitating actions of solidarity.
The lecture will focus on the role of built environment professionals in crisis contexts, and why architects, planners, and designers have a responsibility to understand and address the political issues dealt with by states, cities, and the international humanitarian & development actors, in order to provide guidance and identify potential synergies at the intersection of architecture, urbanism, humanitarian response, and refugee integration initiatives. Can some of these challenges be solved spatially, and why do we need public spaces in crises response? The lecture will include examples from Haiti, Nepal, Hungary and Greece.
Håvard Breivik is an architect and member of the Norwegian Refugee Council’s emergency standby roster, NORCAP. With almost a decade of experience from crisis response, humanitarian relief, and development efforts, Håvard has been deployed to United Nations agencies in Haiti, Nepal, Macedonia, Hungary, and New York. Håvard is currently the Coordinator of the Global Alliance for Urban Crises Secretariat. He is also responsible for the Master’s course In Transit at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO), while serving on the NORCAP roster. He holds a master’s degree in Architecture from AHO’s Institute of Urbanism and Landscape.