Emergency Architecture & Human Rights works and builds for socially vulnerable communities around the globe that face inequality, humanitarian crisis and violation of their human rights.

History

Emergency Architecture & Human Rights (EAHR) was officially funded in October 2015 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The same year, our sister organization Arquitectura Emergencia y Derechos Humanos, was formed in Santiago de Chile.

EAHR emerged during the 90s in Chiloe, a small island in the South of Chile, where professor and MAA architect Jorge Lobos, together with architects, anthropologists and other professionals from different backgrounds, created the concept of ‘cultural architecture’.

The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake, and series of catastrophic tsunamis that followed in its wake, urged this rising group of professionals, to further develop the concept of cultural architecture in connection with a securitization of people’s human rights.

The group recognized that the profession of architecture had forgotten the most vulnerable people of the World whereas architecture could have a significant impact on building resilience and stimulating development before and after emergencies.

In the following years, more than 25 workshops on architecture in humanitarian emergencies were conducted at different universities in Asia, Europe, Africa and South America. In collaboration with The Danish Royal Academy, EAHR published three design and solution-driven books on the topics of architecture in emergencies and on the concept of architecture as a tool to secure the universal human rights. Furthermore, EAHR has also completed various construction projects in Europe, Africa, Middle East and South America.

Vision

We believe Architecture is a Human Right. Every person has the right to creative, safe and developmental buildings and surroundings. Architecture is a mediator that preserves and develops a community’s heritage and its unique ways of creating a sustainable living and co-existence.

As an embodiment for various universal human rights, like the right to schooling and the right to housing, architecture gives dignity to communities as it forms a capacity to answer, influence and re-imagine one’s needs and life situation.

We believe Architecture can make people capable of seeing their own potential and the potential within their surroundings. We envision an Architecture that works with and for local communities, with locally-sourced materials, and that advances local construction methods and democratic processes as a mean to building human rights and reaching the UN Sustainable Development goals for 2030.

Mission

EAHR alleviates suffering and improve vulnerable people’s livelihoods through design and construction processes linked to social change. We give communities the means to sustain and progress by low-cost, holistic capacity building in relation to building materials, construction methods and forms of organization.

It is our mission to generate social, economic and environmental change by activating innovative cultural architecture and social potentials. We work together with local communities and local partners in co-creative projects and assist governments and the international community in developing new solutions justified by scientific reason.

We do not just build buildings. We build creativity and resilience in people and communities