Better Shelter, Sweden Emergency Temporary Shelter 2010

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Configured to meet the basic needs of persons displaced by armed conflicts and natural disasters, the Emergency Temporary Shelter was developed as a longer-term alternative to emergency relief tents, with an anticipated life span of three years in moderate climates. Offering greater privacy and security than the common tent, the 188-square-foot shelter can house a family of up to five people. It comes disassembled in two flat boxes that also include tools and instruction manuals, and takes a four-person team four to eight hours to build, depending on experience and local conditions. Because of its modular and flexible design, the shelter can be rapidly dispersed to conflict zones and modified to serve as, among other things, an administration center, a clinic, or a rest stop. Since 2015, over ten thousand units have been deployed for humanitarian operations throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.

Gallery label from Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter, October 1, 2016–January 22, 2017.
Steel frame, polyolefin envelope, polypropylene, polyamide and ABS plastic components, photovoltaics
223 5/8 × 130 11/16 × 111 7/16" (568 × 332 × 283 cm)
Gift of Better Shelter
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Architecture and Design

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