Ikea is leading the pack again! They have created a new shelter with a modular design and solar panel designed to help improve living conditions for refugees.
It will be tested by Somali refugees living in UNHCR refugees camps at Dollo Ado in Ethiopia as well as in Syria.
The video will show you how it is built along with how it all came together. Wonderful new home for those who are in tents now.
The shelters have hard panels for better protection from the elements, a solar panel to provide electricity, and can be set up and taken down without tools.
The Christian Science Monitor reports:
Just like the coffee table or nightstand sitting in your home, the IKEA shelter is flat-packed, requires no tools to assemble, and can be taken apart and rebuilt again elsewhere. Instead of canvas flaps, the shelter is made up of hard panels, which stand up better against harsher climactic conditions and offer more privacy … Each of the IKEA shelters is designed to house one family. The shelters employ technologies to keep the interior cool by day and warm at night; a solar panel on each provides electricity.
I think that this is a great idea and I hope the testing works well in all areas. Kudos for a fine project that has come out of design and is hitting the disaster areas immediately.
If the shelters work, the design will be made available by IKEA to other companies for commercial production, while the swelling numbers of refugees from conflicts like those in Syria will have a more humane place to call home.