In collaboration with The Danish Red Cross, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and Denmark’s School of Design, I have created this experiment in social design.
A group consisting of students from the two institutions and residents from two Danish Asylum Centers (non-Danish citizens claiming refugee status) will join a think tank with the purpose of re-thinking the social design of the asylum center. During the project we will change the social dynamics that the residents are forced to live in. Instead of being labeled “asylum seekers”, whether “rejected” or not, they will be accepted on equal footing, whatever identity they choose to present, and will be met as experts with a valuable knowledge in asylum center living. While the system systematically charges anybody with allegations of fraud, ADT automatically accepts anybody as a human being with rights equal to Danish citizens. ADT is not considered about, and does not judge the strict Danish legislation on foreigners. ADT is concerned with the social design of the asylum centers where people are stored for years, with limited rights and under condition which, although not prison-like, still resemble punishment.
The logic of ADT could be expressed shortly as: If you treat people the same way as you would like to be treated yourself, then dignity and agency is preserved, and the social dynamics will enable the involved to act, to grow, and to contribute…
More about this project to be posted here… For now the poster will do!