May 8, 2012, Berlin

Opening DAZ: Space, Time, Dignity, Rights - Improving Palestinian Refugee Camps


Opening // DAZ // 8.5.2012 // 7 pm

Exhibition // DAZ // 9.5. - 3.6.2012

Between international politics and everyday life, transition and continuity, waiting room and home – today, roughly one third of the 5 million Palestinian refugees live in refugee camps across the Near East. Over a period of 60 years, temporary tent cities have developed into complex living environments, some of which rank among the densest urban environments in the world. The exhibition displays the participatory planning approach of the "Infrastructure and Camp Improvement Programme" of UNWRA, that improves in a holistic manner the refugee camps’ physical and social environment. Four projects in the West Bank, Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon seek to balance refugee identity and political rights with the day-to-day needs in congested and impoverished camps.

The exhibition has been made possible by the United Nations Relief Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in cooperation with Universität Stuttgart and the DAZ. The material of the exhibition was researched, prepared and consolidated by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).


Radiobeitrag von Nikolaus Bernau Deutschlandradio, Sendung "Fazit", 09.05.2012