An aerial view shows the Zaatari refugee camp, near the Jordanian city of Mafraq, on July 18, 2013, a camp that holds roughly 115,000 Syrian refugees in Jordan about 12 km (eight miles) from the Syrian border. Via Photos of the Week

An aerial view shows the Zaatari refugee camp, near the Jordanian city of Mafraq, on July 18, 2013, a camp that holds roughly 115,000 Syrian refugees in Jordan about 12 km (eight miles) from the Syrian border. Via Photos of the Week

 Menik Farm Refugee Camp, Sri Lanka // AFP

Menik Farm Refugee Camp, Sri Lanka // AFP

As nations debate the accessibility and permeability of their borders, 2015 closes on 60 million forcibly displaced individuals across the globe, the highest number since World War II according to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. That is one in every 122 people worldwide.

New flows of mass migration and newer forms of urbanism have emerged, redefining our notion of space – the “right to landscape” – as well as our understanding of temporality and ephemerality. As landscape urbanists working at the intersection of time and space, flows and processes, resources and sustainability, infrastructure and ecology, we are directly engaged in the promises and challenges of this new urban paradigm. As I pursue my research at these intersections, I leave you with these images that communicate the scale of the ecological, economic, social, political, and infra-structural impacts at hand.

AzraqCamp, Jordan // Werner Schellenberg/UNHCR

AzraqCamp, Jordan // Werner Schellenberg/UNHCR

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