(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2014)

Document title

Emergency shelter topologies : locating humanitarian space in mobile and material practice

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

(1) Leverhulme Centre for the Study of Value, School of Environment and Development, Univ., Manchester, ROYAUME-UNI


This article focuses on the emergency family tent and the shelter kit and traces the topological associations of humanitarian spaces as enacted through humanitarian practice. The former is shown to effect humanitarian space within the associations of a network topology by acting as an ‘immutable mobile’, connecting different places of humanitarian crises with each other. In contrast, the latter is shown to effect humanitarian space within the associations of a fluid topology by acting as a ‘mutable mobile’,ordering space according to an overlapping and partly simultaneous timeline of action. These different ‘shelter topologies’ are shown to convey different assumptions about, and underlie different topographic renderings of, humanitarian space


Article of periodic

published at : Environment and planning. D. Society & space / ISSN 0263-7758

Editor : Pion, London - ROYAUME-UNI (1983)

Millesime : 2014, vol. 32, no1 [pp. 147-162]

Bibliographic references : 2 p.



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