For refugees, there is no environment more thrilling than big cities. But for them it may also be the long way home.
IMBY enables locals and refugees to step in and participate in a new form of hospitality. The project proposes owners to volunteer their garden as a space for a co-built tiny-house, as a home given to a refugee and as a time offered to find his/her way into society. It creates a social link between the welcoming family and the hosted one, while giving them both intimacy.
The greater Paris, France.
IMBY as a new accomodation solution empowers the refugees and the locals. It aims to generate intercultural exchanges all along the project, both during the building and the living part. In the building one, construction workshops invite everybody to participate to meet, learn, build and discuss.
Inverse the NIMBY effect! And enable the meeting of people who would otherwise never have met. Not just between the host and the refugee, but also between volunteers. To give back the original and literal sense of “community building” with tiny-houses co-built by volunteers, refugees and locals.
1. Improvement of the prototype: development of the construction principle for a more qualitative space inside the tiny-house, enhancement of its ecological aspects.
2. Design of the workshops and faciliation: for them to be real empowering moments made of: eco-construction technics learning, intercultural meeting, arrival cities challenges brainstorms.
3. Think through the refugees/locals pairing with understanding each individual wishes and needs.
4. Develop the online open-source platform.
The mission of our collective is to create new ideas that put the inhabitants in the center of the urban projects. With the disastrous situation of the refugees here in Paris, we take participation as a mean to better integrate them spatially & socially while exploring a new housing solution.
For the newcomers and the locals at the same time. To bring these two groups together, at least those who are willing to. With communication around the project, we hope to bring dialogue with those who were not willing to participate at the first place, without pretending to eradicate nationalism.
In order to improve facilitation during workshops we’d love to hear about other experiences like ours, involving locals and refugees, building things together. We would like the idea to be replicated in other big cities of Europe. How to implement IMBY in other urban contexts? Let’s talk and share!