A Litter of Light – Solar Energy for Low Income Housing

The green energy solution for low-income communities known as “Litter of Light” was designed to provide lighting to homes in areas where energy is either unavailable or unaffordable to residents. This low-cost sustainable building solution was designed at the grassroots level to serve those most in need. The Litter of Light project makes use of […]

The Modern Yurk – A Possible Design for Relief Scenarios?

The Scottish company Trakke has redeveloped the nomadic yurt shelter and created the Jero Yurt. The temporary housing innovation is a lightweight dwelling that pops up and was designed to be used for events such as backyard parties or off-grid camping experiences with a modern twist. The Jero’s compact design even allows it to be […]

IKEA Starts Producing Flat-Pack, Durable Shelters For Homeless Refugees

By Yap Yen, 25 Mar 2015 IKEA has started producing 10,000 of its flat-pack temporary shelters designed specially for refugees whose circumstance is due to conflict and natural disasters.Working together with the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), IKEA will supply the ‘Better Shelter’ units that will be distributed globally later this year.The prototype for ‘Better […]

United Nations International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) – Key Facts Infographic

This week is the United Nations International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR). The day is celebrated on the 13th October every year and this year’s theme is “Resilience for life”. The focus of this year is on older people as their needs are often ignored, despite being some of the most vulnerable people during disasters. IDDR encourages all citizens […]

Garrison Architects Releases its Self-Sustainaing Post-Disaster Housing Prototype

The Brooklyn building design firm Garrison Architects has developed a full-sized post-disaster housing prototype to secure safe and stable last-minute housing in the wake of natural disasters. This is just one example of their many architectural projects sustainably designed to help in disaster relief scenarios. The company believes that well designed environments support social cohesion, […]

Disaster Risk Reduction through Schools

Disasters can be prevented Natural disasters like floods, droughts and earthquakes destroy the lives of more than 300 million people every year. Disasters can affect anybody at any time. But in most cases the poorest and most vulnerable people are affected first and are hit the hardest. Natural disasters are not uncontrollable, random events. Climate […]

Basic equipment and supply

The Sphere Project has defined the basic equipment that a refugee person should be provided with. The equipment can be divided into what is needed per household and per person. Each household: Each household needs shelter for protection against climate and diseases, for privacy and social security, ideally including the possibility for subdivision and needs to […]

Water and Sanitation

The level of water security and hygiene in a refugee camp depends on two factors: the facilities provided and the population’s hygienic behavior. A sufficient hygienic situation can only be achieved by a strategy of distributing knowledge, mobilizing residents and providing residents with essential facilities and materials. Water is not only needed for nutrition but […]

Shelterproject

Transitional settlement: displaced populations gives an extensive, detailed overview of how to implement settlements for displaced populations exclusively; the guidelines don’t comply to reconstruction after conflict or disaster, return to homelands or permanent settlement on new sites. The first section of the guidelines deals with a general overview on the subject. It deals with strategic […]

Standardization for Refugee Camps

Standardizations for the basic size, lay-out, and structure of refugee camps have been defined by the Sphere Project, which was launched in 1997 by the UN and several NGOs, with the mission to improve the quality of relief aid. Results have been published in a handbook, on the organization’s website and are promoted by training […]

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