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Course Outline

In 1961, in opposition to the "war games" and cold war logic, the architect Buckminster Fuller proposed the "World Peace Game" and famously instructed players to “Make the world work, for 100% of humanity, in the shortest possible time, through spontaneous cooperation, without ecological offence or the disadvantage of anyone.” (1)

Introduction In 2020 we have "At least 79.5 million people around the world (that) have been forced to flee their homes. Among them are nearly 26 million refugees, around half of whom are under the age of 18." (2)

It is anticipated that by 2030 "climate change will transform more than 143 million people into “climate migrants” escaping crop failure, water scarcity, and sea-level rise, a new World Bank report concludes."(3)

Today, the world is not working for 100% of humanity. The existence of refugees should not be considered a "crisis" in the contemporary English meaning of "times of difficulty, insecurity, and suspense" but in its ancient Greek root meaning of "krísis" deriving itself from 'krínein', meaning 'to decide'. In our lifetimes, the number of refugees is going to grow exponentially. What will refugees decide?

Course Planner


December 29, 2021


January 11, 2022
Interview with refugees
January 12, 2022
Designers who have worked in refugee camps
December 28, 2021