“Handbook” featured among Displaced competition winners
“Handbook" featured among Displaced competition winners

Each year, the Seattle Chapter of the American Institute of Architects initiates a design challenge as part of their Design in Public Festival. This year, the design competition was titled Displaced: Design for Inclusive Cities. It called for designers of all disciplines to address the urgent need to welcome, support, and empower urban immigrants and refugees.

As designers, we aim to solve challenging and impactful problems, both through our client work and outside of it. We’re not architects, but we felt so passionate about this opportunity that we believed we could use our skills to make a difference in the community. So we took a shot.

After partnering with World Relief, we went through a process of research, ideation, concepting, prototyping, and testing and eventually landed on our submission, Handbook. Our concept is both a digital and physical solution that bridges the gap between supply and demand—providing assistance and successfully supporting the growing demand of displaced refugees resettling into their new lives.

Spoiler alert… we took honorable mention (fourth place!) amongst a very high calibre of submissions from 12 countries, representing 6 design disciplines.

You can click through the prototype in Invision here

We also created a video outlining our vision for this concept. Take a look below and let us know your thoughts!

We were honored to participate in the Displaced competition and were impressed by the diversity, thoughtfulness, and execution of all the submissions.

Handbook, along with the other winners, is on display at the Sanctuary Exhibit at the Center for Architecture and Design now until Feb 23rd! So if you’re in Seattle, swing by and check it out!

Daniel Lee, Product Manager – This Place Seattle


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