From Refugee Camp to Resilient City: Zaatari Refugee Camp, Jordan


  • Nada Maani Portland State University, School of Architecture Opsis Architecture LLP



This project is about how architecture can transform a refugee camp into a child friendly city designed around existing social networks. The vision is to respond to the refugee crisis with long-term resilient solutions rather than reactionary ones. 

Author Biography

Nada Maani, Portland State University, School of Architecture Opsis Architecture LLP

Nada Maani is a Master of Architecture 2015 graduate from Portland State University. She was one of the first three students to complete the Graduate Certificate in Public Interest Design, the first of its kind in the nation, offered through the School of Architecture’s Center for Public Interest Design. She currently works at Opsis Architecture in Portland, Oregon. Nada’s interests lie in the intersection of architecture and politics and thus design that will empower people both socially and politically. 


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