Every volunteer was clearly part of a team and each team was in charge of a specific task: one group was sorting through mounds of donated goods into perishable food items and non-food items, another team further sorted these piles into its designated storage area (duvets, jackets, shoes, etc). There were packers, loaders, cooks and drivers. An efficient hive of organised activities.

Surely we, as architects, must have something to say and offer

We were there to meet with Francois Guennoc, the secretary of L’Auberge des Migrants – a non-profit organisation dedicated to bringing humanitarian aid to the migrants of Calais. Francois was a gentle silver-haired man who welcomed us with open arms. He informed us that he had just returned to Calais after a month and half away at Lesbos assisting in the refugee camp.