New refugee shelter design provides shelter and a catalyst for community growth

New refugee shelter design provides shelter and a catalyst for community growth

Refugee camps consist of poorly built temporary shelters, but often these camps end up existing a lot longer than what was originally intended. In fact, one refugee camp in Kenya has been in operation since 1992 and has more than 185,000 residents. 

This is why Cutwork, a Paris-based design company, has created the Cortex shelter, a house which can be constructed without heavy machinery and consists of rollable concrete which can be shipped flat and then draped over a metal frame. When water is added, the structure has secure walls and textile insulation which offers a comfortable interior.

The unit features a dry toilet and cooking space as well and is powered by solar panels. The whole house can be assembled for $4,000, which the company believes is more affordable and sustainable than frequently replacing tents. 

The company hopes to market the structures in partnership with the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR,…
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