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People in motion

Lotus 158 (2015)

In following the recent epoch-making displacements of populations, who are being forced to cross borders into other territories under conditions of insecurity and uncertainty, we have looked at figures and landscapes that are likely to influence architectural thinking in the coming years. The new approaches are accompanied by material signs of their culture of origin, leaving marks on the territory and creating surprising settlements that spring up unexpectedly. Overall, the phenomenon of the new migration is prompting an updating of the way we think about the dynamics of settlement.

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