Sunday, June 11, 2017

The IKEA Foundation and UNHCR Create the "Better Shelter"

  FACT: In 2014, there were 24 persons displaced every second with an average of 10 years in exile. Enter a unique collaboration between the IKEA Foundation and the UNHCR that has resulted in a new, safer and more durable shelter for refugee families around the world. 
  The Better Shelter is a temporary, lightweight 17.5 square meter modular emergency shelter that ships flat and can be assembled on site without special tools in hours by a group of four.
  Better Shelter has a solar panel on its roof that provides 4 hours of interior light as electricity is scarce in refugee camps.
  The roof and wall panels are modular replaceable and are recyclable.
  The 4 windows and lockable door can be placed in a number of configurations providing for space for a family of 5.
  The units can be expanded to provide space for a temporary hospital or school.

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