USC Cinematic Arts

“...Refugee camps are the cities of tomorrow ... The average stay today in a camp is 17 years. That’s a generation. In the Middle East, we were building camps (as) storage facilities for people. But the refugees were building a city…”

— Kilian Kleinschmidt


The World Building Institute is excited to announce the continuation of our long collaboration with the Berlinale Talents at the Berlin International Film Festival, where we curate the World Building Studio for the remarkable Talents attendees. These three days of participatory and interactive sessions, February 13 to 18 2016, focus on new design practice for narrative media.

The World Building Institute (WBI) is founded in the belief that storytelling is the most powerful system for the advancement of human capability, and that by combining the human imagination with new technologies we can sculpt this imagination into existence. The WBI is devoted to the landscape where art and science, technology, design and storytelling are inseparable. At their intersection lies the new creative laboratory for the future of our narrative practices. The Institute produces and curates a persistent trans-disciplinary discussion around immersive design, transmedia narrative, and worldbuilding.

This year, World Building Migratory Narratives: Envisioning the Future world of the Refugee Camp will focus on this prompt: that the refugee camp is the city of the future. To this end, we will examine a generic refugee camp in the year 2036, engaging collaborative, immersive, interdisciplinary world building processes, and using storytelling as a vehicle to try to comprehend this holistic and complex system. Throughout the panel and workshops we will ask these young talents to collaborate with a gathering of interdisciplinary WorldBuilding experts.