Felicity Ratté is professor of the history of Art and Architecture at Marlboro College. Her most recent work focuses on Medieval urban design and development in the cities of the Mediterranean, looking particularly at the historical relationships between Italy and the Islamic world - specifically Syria, Egypt, Turkey and Morocco. She worked as a volunteer at the Kara Tepe Transit Camp in Lesvos, Greece in 2015 and 2016. She teaches broadly across the field of Art History and her pedagogical interests include community development and community-engaged learning.
Itinerant Architecture – from Refugee Camps to Tiny Houses
An increasingly large percentage of the global population find themselves living in what some would describe as temporary shelter. This class is a discussion-based course examining both the history and the design (or lack thereof) of itinerant structures and their built and un-built environments. We will examine the ways in which design can be used to create as well as to unmake community in a variety of contexts from the US fad in Tiny houses, to the Greek camps that sprung up in 2015 to house thousands of refugees from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.