Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi on Architecture of Humanitarian Relief (Dadaab, Kenya)
Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi talks about the design and construction of living spaces in refugee camps like Dadaab, located in Kenya. It is a sprawling populace originally intended for temporary settlement only. Twenty years later, however, Dadaab has grown to be the third largest "city" in the African nation.
Anooradha is currently a doctoral candidate at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. She works with the Hester Street Collaborative, a Lower East Side workshop committed to improving the social and political capital of underserved communities by delivering tools for envisioning and articulating architectural and urban design. Her publication, The L!brary Book (Princeton Architectural Press, Fall 2009), investigates a New York experiment to energize the city's poorest public schools with thought-provoking architecture. Anoo's current research investigates historical moments of intersection between architecture/urbanism and human rights activism, including spatial-political problems of extraterritoriality and disenfranchisement of populations, and the role of nonprofit and nongovernmental actors.