Magda from Chile: "When I arrived first day to Venice from Chile to follow the workshop of VMX Architects I had a strange first impression, being very excited about the idea of studying a topic that is abandoned by the world. Refugees who are running from one place to another searching for an identity, a piece of earth where they could be welcome and grow with dignity. As a person that comes from the occidental world, even if I have information about the war from the media I could not understand honestly the feelings of a refugee on my own skin. This experience in Venice with the help VMX Architects gave me the opportunity to work in this course with different people, cultures, talking in different languages, accents and experimenting basic things like new ways to greet, giving hands, kisses or just words. These experiences shaped unconsciously real feelings of being an 'immigrant'. Also I had the opportunity to meet refugees, architecture students from Palestine and Syria of our age who were forced to grow rapidly. Now I understand much better the emotions and feelings of a refugee and I can be a small piece in the large puzzle of (re)building together."