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Results Sheltering Humanity Project


Kavala, 31 May 2016

“Sheltering Humanity:
Emergency-hosting proposals for people in the Mediterranean Sea”

MO.H.A. Research Center (http://moha.center), on January 2016, announced a call for academic projects and architectural scenarios on emergency hosting proposals for people in the Mediterranean Sea. The call was about gathering design concepts and proposals for emergency sheltering and environmental protection on shores and coastlines of the Mediterranean Sea, receiving people from countries suffering conflicts and political turmoil. The call was open to academic projects, architectural and environmental proposals by students and/or researchers at undergraduate, diploma and postgraduate levels.

A wide range of design concepts and proposals have been received, covering an impressive array of ideas on emergency hosting. A total of 60 projects have been submitted by 122 architects and designers, from 19 countries all over the world (Greece, Italy, Cyprus, Denmark, China, United Kingdom, Serbia, India, Portugal, Egypt, Iran, Tunisia, Lebanon, Hungary, Spain, Netherlands, Taiwan, Peru, USA).

The scientific committee, which consists of:

  • Nikolaos Kalogirou (Head of committee) Professor, School of Architecture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Alkmini Paka, Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Anastasios Tellios, Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Konstantinos Sakantamis, Lecturer, School of Architecture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Dimitris Kaziolas, Associate Professor, Eastern Macedonia & Thrace Institute of Technology
  • Despoina Zavraka, Lecturer, Eastern Macedonia & Thrace Institute of Technology

completed the reviewing procedure on April 2016 and decided to award three (3) prizes ‘ex aequo’ and seven (7) special mentions to the following projects:

PRIZES ‘ex aequo’:

  • Project tittle: ‘BYOD - Build Your Own Home: shelter in less than five minutes’
    Design team: Antonia Kalatha, Andrius Serapinas, Chris Borg Constanzi, Dorine van der Linden
    Delft, Netherlands
  • Project tittle: ‘The Sliding Hug’
    Design team: Fotini Kalfa
    Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Project tittle: ‘Matriz: Deployable Emergency Shelter’
    Design team: Felipe Ferrer, Peter Seinfeld, Jhonattan Díaz Gastelo, Joselyn Salinas Colunche, Juan Pablo Calderón Cayo, Marisol Michilot Yalán, Nadia Cabrera Salazar, Nicole Castañeda García, Pavel Rosales Espinoza, Renato Farro Rivero, Renatto Pozo Godfrey
    Lima, Peru


  • Project tittle: ‘Re-adjustments of temporariness’
    Design team: Emmanouela Chafnavi
    Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Project tittle: ‘Wearable Shelter’
    Design team: Harriet Harris, Graeme Brooker, Zara Ashby, Cassis Buckhart, Hailey Darling, Gabriela Geagea, Anne-Sophie Geay, Eve Hoffman, Ruben Van Den Bossche, Giulia Silovy
    London, UK
  • Project tittle: ‘Accordion Shelter’
    Design team: Samer El Sayary
    Alexandria, Egypt
  • Project tittle: ‘Oil Price: Homelessness’
    Design team: Hesam Alavi
    Tehran, Iran
  • Project tittle: ‘Emerged: Parameterization Platform of Collective Life’
    Design team: Christina Kalampouka, Evangelia Mori
    Athens, Greece
  • Project tittle: ‘Designing the Ark’
    Design team: Katerina Myserli
    Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Project tittle: ‘Aeolian Gaea’
    Design team: Marina Dimopoulou
    Thessaloniki, Greece

All projects submitted and complying with guidelines and thematic of the call, will take part in the “Sheltering Humanity” exhibition at the premises of MO.H.A. Research Center. The exhibition will be further presented at academic and cultural institutions collaborating with MO.H.A.


Kind regards,


President of MO.H.A. Executive Board


Anna Missirian Tzouma

“Sheltering Humanity” coordinators


Despoina Zavraka & Anastasios Tellios




Founded in 2006 in Kavala, Greece and hence at the crossroad of Europe and the Middle East, MOHA (Mohammed Ali) Research Center  is a Greek private non-profit, non-govermental Research Center supervised by General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT) of the Greek Ministry of Culture, Education and Religious Affair.