CCA Canadian Centre for Architecture
We are more familiar with architecture’s ability to keep people out than to welcome them, and we are more familiar with migration as an emergency–a temporary and extreme condition like a refugee camp–that is supposed to disappear once the newcomers dissolve into the population. The reality is more complex. There are many kinds of migrants: from solo activists seeking political asylum to families fleeing climate change or workers moving by choice from the countryside to the city. They arrive at different speeds and with a variety of resources and needs. Building for those who will come is always imperfect; it reveals many limitations of architecture and questions architectural responsibility.