Shelter Design Helps Refugees Weave Lives Back Together

More than 40 million people around the world have been displaced by conflict and other emergencies. Many of them end up sleeping under tarps and tents in terrible living conditions, far from the homes they once knew. Now, an architect named Abeer Seikaly has come up with a new shelter design.

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Seeking Refuge: One Organization is Transforming Emergency Shelter

“It all boils down to cost. There are raised flooring systems readily available, but nothing is affordable enough for mass implementation. We worked backwards from affordability…and focus exclusively on the provision of clean, dry flooring…for less than $2 per square foot.” – Scott & Sam, Good Works Studio

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Shipping Containers Have the Potential to Deliver Homes

When natural disasters strike, thousands of people are often left homeless. Emergency shelters are always in need, and new innovations have recently allowed for many new creations, such as the Biosphere and Exo-Units. Recently, the idea of “cargotecture” has been taking off. “Cargotecture” takes shipping containers, refurbishes them, and turns them into sustainable homes. A new proposal using this type of construction is the proposal …

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Buy a Home, Build a Home

It is estimated that just over 1 billion people across the globe live in slums. To combat this housing crisis, Peter Dupis, one of the founders of World Housing, focused his Master’s thesis on the one-for-one model. This approach is inspired by TOM shoes, a venture in which every purchase of a pair of shoes sees another pair donated to …

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UK Architect Aims to Bring Eco-Homes to Nigerian Slum

  Isona Shibata, an architect and development practitioner from the UK, is seeking funding to develop a prototype for an eco-alternative housing solution for residents in the Galadimawa Slum, situated just outside of Abuja, Nigeria. Nigeria is Africa’s most populous country and upwards of 70% of its 177 million residents lives below the poverty line. As Nigeria grows, so do …

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“Earthship Biotecture” Provides Sustainable Housing

Earthship Biotecture was founded in 1969 by Michael Reynolds, an architect, who utilizes innovative technologies to create sustainable housing developments. Based in Taos, New Mexico, the organization has now spread worldwide, and sustainable “earthships” are being used for both leisure and emergency housing. Their aim is to “evolve the way humans live on this planet by evolving existing methods of …

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Affordable, Stackable, and Sustainable Emergency Shelter

Michael McDaniel had witnessed many hurricanes growing up in Mississippi, but nothing came close to the destruction that Hurricane Katrina brought in 2005. Humanitarian responses were slow to start, very costly, and close to one million people were left homeless. This prompted McDaniel to begin developing his own innovative technology to ensure that people directly affected by disasters would be given …

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IKEA’s Flat-pack, Solar Powered Refugee Shelter

The IKEA Foundation has partnered with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and developed a flat-pack, solar powered refugee shelter called the Refugee Housing Unit. The prototype is the result of more than two years of research and 3.4 million Euros. According to Per Heggenes, CEO of the IKEA Foundation, at least 3.5 million refugees currently live in …

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Print Your Own House

Fast, affordable, durable, and livable shelters are an essential part of emergency relief and the often protracted transition to stable housing in the years following a disaster. Traditional construction methods are often slow, expensive, inefficient, and dangerous, the combination of which creates roadblocks in community-based building projects, particularly in low-income areas. Now a group of engineers is using emerging 3D …

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