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Reid worked with children from a refugee charity to develop the design through a series of art workshops. Collaboration with engineers Arup helped Reid to craft a complex 3D modeling technique that offered a low-tech solution for building the shelter easily, and quickly by hand.

The cocoon-like space also housed the The UN Refugee Agency who presented their latest report alongside an art installation developed with school children.

Developed in the short span of three months, Reid relied heavily on engaging widespread support through in-kind donations from ethical organizations that helped to push the project forward. Brilliantly combining design with participatory public art, innovative engineering, and human rights advocacy, Reid’s “Embassy for Refugees” is both a well-executed work of art and a now standing and functional venue for public enjoyment on London’s South Bank.

States Reid on the project’s website:

“An Embassy for Refugees” claims a territory for those that seek refuge in our city. Can diplomacy be employed for the marginalised [sic] rather than the powerful? Representation for the misrepresented?”

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