Inclusion Makes Architecture Makes Inclusivity – Press Release

13th of February, 2021

Press Release – Project Announcement
Architecture Matters – Pro Helvetia
Architecture for Refugees SCHWEIZ – Inclusion Makes Architecture

Inclusion Makes Architecture Makes Inclusivity

Zurich, Switzerland – Architecture for Refugees SCHWEIZ (AfR CH) has the pleasure to announce its new project for 2021 “Inclusion Makes Architecture” (IMA), with the support of Pro Helvetia. Throughout this year, IMA will be building an online database of various educational, recreational, health and housing projects which show the importance of architecture for social inclusion. The database will highlight a hundred projects in Switzerland to promote inclusivity and sustainability. 
The IMA project will analyse the selected projects and present the findings in an infographic, showing the correlation of criteria such as togetherness, interaction, identity, accessibility, equality and diversity. 
In addition the project will create the discourse on the notion of ‘inclusivity’ through participative workshops, talks, exhibitions and publications in order to invite the public to collaborate and create further awareness with regards to the role of architectural spaces  in creating a more inclusive society. 
The project is carried out by the AfR CH Community in addition to a diverse group of external and international experts. AfR CH promotes diversity and creativity through its various architectural and urban intervention projects. It intervenes in areas of social contention using an array of formats like festivals, forums or talks, temporary architecture, workshops, dinners, city tours and publications. 
Architecture matters because good architecture creates space for an inclusive society.

Architecture Matters Grant Announcement –  Pro Helvetia

“Launched by Pro Helvetia in August 2020, in response to the postponement of the Venice Biennale of Architecture due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the exceptional call for applications «Architecture Matters» aimed to strengthen reflection and discourse on contemporary architectural creation. The call was successful both in terms of quantity — with over 150 submitted projects – and in terms of quality. Project themes were particularly diverse, ranging from contemporary social issues (ecology, sustainability, gender equality) to more classical domains (outreach projects on urban planning, landscape architecture, etc.). Selected on the recommendation of a jury, the 21 supported projects include reflections on migration (the «inclusive city» of the Architecture for Refugees association), …” – you can find more information about the Architecture Matters grant announcement here.

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