“To.org brought together architects, ethnographers, musicians, and activists — some refugees, some not — to find innovative solutions for creating opportunities and infrastructure for the most vulnerable. Because of this collaboration, the Bidi Bidi refugee community will have a space to play, learn, perform, create, and share… setting a new precedent for how we think about, talk about, and create opportunities for displaced people.”
“The Bidi Bidi Music & Arts Centre has been designed to empower refugees, providing the community with a space which encourages musical talent and creativity. We wanted to use knowledge and techniques gathered from designing for extreme climates and large scale arts centres in cities around the world and apply this to Bidi Bidi to develop spaces that are both environmentally conscious and harness talent from the community.”
Bidi Bidi Refugee Music and Arts Centre
Hassell is set to unveil Uganda’s Bidi Bidi Refugee Music & Arts Centre at the London Design Biennale 2023. Currently under construction, the project is being delivered by to.org in collaboration with international design practice Hassell, Arup and Kampala design studio LocalWorks. Once complete, the sheltered, semi-open ampitheatre will double as a performance venue and community gathering hub, providing space for creative expression, training and performance in Africa’s biggest refugee settlement, which is currently home to over 270,000 refugees who have fled violence in neighbouring South Sudan. Read more in Architecture Today (UK).