Every now and again it’s good to look up from our national turmoil to see what the rest of the world is dealing with. The European Conference 2017, a collaboration of the Harvard Kennedy School, Business School, Law School, Graduate School of Design, and Fletcher School, offers such an opportunity. The opening was Friday, but the meat of the agenda happens Saturday at the Harvard Kennedy School, including an afternoon panel called Design Solutions to the Migration Crisis, featuring Loeb Alessandro Petti. Schedule and tickets are here.
In Refugee Heritage, his current project in the online journal e-flux, Petti has posed the following questions: When an encampment is 70 years old, can it still be called temporary? What is the type of history cultivated within Palestinian refugee camps? Could their historical presence mean there is value in their preservation? He has challenged UNESCO to include the Dheisheh Refugee Camp as a World Heritage Site, and in Refugee Heritage he lays out the case. Even if you can’t make it to the panel you can follow his arguments.