Solar-Powered, Flat-Pack Refugee Shelters by IKEA

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Mass-produced furniture and Swedish meatballs are some of the more popular associations with IKEA, but be prepared to add one more. IKEA has recently joined forces with the UN Refugee Agency to serve an uncommon sector of the market with their flat-packing, easy-to-assemble furniture. The solar-powered refugee shelters are designed with a steel skeleton and lightweight polymer siding, all of which can be assembled within four hours without extra tools. The durable and relatively spacious interiors, combined with the low cost of deployment, hold the potential of revolutionizing shelters. The temporary home also poses the possibility of transitioning from a short-term to long-term solution.

via [designboom]

Kimberly

Kimberly

Kimberly is a graduate from MIT's Department of Architecture, and has recently joined the publication team at MIT OpenCourseWare. While architecture remains her first love, her interests encompass literature – epic poetry and Medieval romances are her favorite – and also fashion.

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