GREECE: Open call for designers!


Designers, creatives, humanitarians and makers – join Better Shelter at CORE RELIEF, a 7-day (3-9 Oct) multinational humanitarian non-profit design innovation lab on the Greek island of Lesvos, organised by Architecture & design agency LATRA. The workshop will focus on the design and production of core relief, life-sustaining, items using open-source product design (including the Better Shelter), 3D printers and innovation technology. The aim of the workshop is to place the creative sector directly on the field of humanitarian action, where it can advance its international position as a pioneer and create opportunities for social innovative products, projects and services, through long term collaborations with international designers, makers, key actors in the humanitarian sector, research institutes, universities and private partners.  

The CORE RELIEF lab invites designers and makers, techies and thinkers, producers and developers, writers and photographers, who wish to become part of that innovation process to register now by submitting a CV (and brief 2-page portfolio) to

Designers: Aris Papadopoulos (LATRA), Christian Gustafsson (Better Shelter), Frank Merks (NRS International), Gaspard Bos (New State of Matter), Panos Sakkas (The New Raw), Aws Idris (frmr. UNRWA)

With Support From:  Creative Industries Fund NLMédecins du Monde Greek Delegation, The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, The Greek Free Open Source Society

Funders & Donors: Creative Industries Fund NL, Better Shelter, NRS International, ColorFabb, Sarmed, Hellenic Seaways

Concept & Production: LATRA

Registration and participation in the CORE RELIEF lab is free of charge.

Apply now!


The Core Relief workshop received 120 applications from 8 countries in 3 different continents. The 25 participants chosen by the LATRA Advisory Committee for the Core Relief workshop are: Xeni A, Chatziargyriou D, Chatziargyriou V, Chondrogianni D, Frank Y, Groven L, Jalali N, Kinnemark M, Kotaki D, Kourtidis C, Kyriakidi M, Lefevre Y, Moroglou A, Pantazopoulou G, Papanikolaou K, Pascucci E, Perera T, Riga D, Roux S, Rychner A, Sachlos A, Siamanti D, Tsesmetzi M, Variami D, Vouteri D.

Better Shelter has had a presence on the island since September 2015, when the first shelters were erected in the Kara Tepe and Moria sites. Hundreds of thousands of people have passed through the sites during 2015 and 2016.