Conflict and Natural Disasters
Design for the homeless
i am looking for people to colaborate in a project for portable shelters for the homeless for aplication in diferent parts of the world , in diferent cities and would like see your opinions on the subject so i can select a work group. Thanks.
Miguel Cruz Freire da Cruz
Design for the homeless
Hi and my God bless you This is to be part of the work that may produce humanitarian architecture. Construction material and methods of installation is the key to this project in my opinion. Mass production is a very good approach. Light weight architecture is another one. God help u? MArch. khresheh Majdi M.
Majdi AlKhresheh
Design for the homeless
Miguel, one way to start is to go to Members Profiles in ArchNet and search for members who have marked down "urban settlements" as a field of interest. I am sure that some members would like to collaborate with you. After you have established a group and come up with a proposal, you could apply for a "Group Workspace" . Go to the Help Section to get more information about how a Group Workspace functions.
Shiraz Allibhai
Design for the homeless
Thank you for your interest Majdi! I agree with you, materials and methods of instalation are important and weight too. The ideia for this project came to me during a project i was doing for my industrial design degree in witch i was requested to do a project that had to have a strong social intervention for aplication (in theory) with in the Lisbon Metropolitan area. The result was interesting but it had some problems, particulary with the packing and unpacking process. The solution i thought was best at the time was a polypropilene "shell" made of four independent parts packed togheter with a mattress in a nylon bag, that had some aditional space for some of the homeless's few material possetions. The shape of the polypropilene shell however made packing and unpacking a complicated procedure, with i think is wrong but i didn't had the time i would've liked to complete the development stage. But i never gave up on the idea, so here i am looking for people to colaborate with me in restarting the project from scrach and looking to apply the results of the project to be in as many countries as possible!
Miguel Cruz Freire da Cruz
Design for the homeless
What's wrong with the simple tent? design it so it has two squares (or more) instead of one...get elaborate with the sleeping bag, design sleeping bags according to weather conditions...
Shellina Quillmann
Design for the homeless
Dear Miguel, I am thrilled by your project... as I am doing something similar here in Boston... I am pasting the abstract of a class I am teaching at the Boston Architectural Center for your info: For global wanderers, home travels in standardized suitcases: air travel companies allow economy class passengers flying to or from the United States to bring [for no extra fees _ and hassles] two pieces of 158cm/62 inches [length + width + height] of 32kg/70lbs maximum per piece; and one additional carry on baggage of 10kg and 55x40x20cm/22x16x8in. Is home a spatial matter? People depart and arrive, occupy and vacate space. This affects our anchors, giving us a sense of homelessness. Spaces are emptied, and need to accommodate many other own homes. They are anonymous spaces to be reused: �No-Mad-Lands.� We will start from the study of a transportable environment [home in a suitcase] to the exploration of a transformable one [evolving house] before engaging the nature of our becoming hotel-cities by investigating the notion of light load and space recycling. This concerns my "Hybrid-Neo-Nomad" but I can definitively see the concept evolving.
Yasmine Abbas
Design for the homeless
I liked the post just before this, elevating homeless out of the rather desperate category associated with homelessness in the streets to that of "neo-nomad." Design for neo-nomads should include things like not putting arm-rests on seats in airports and having hot and cold running water and mirrors in airport bathrooms, not like the cold water excesses of Schipol Airport in Amsterdam, or Northwest World Gateway in Detroit.
Denis Hoppe
Design for the homeless
Why don't you look for cheep permanent shelters? This can normaly be built with the local material like mud, wood, stones and with recyled items. However it must not look like a slum. Look for example into the Indian desert architecture (for example architecture of the indian desert AADI CENTRE AHMEDABAD) Else have a look into the traditional homes of normades like the Mongolian tent. Architect PK Das NIVARA HAKK WELFARE CENTRE Mumbai developed an interesting vault-type tent as temporary shelter. Norbert Wilhelm
Norbert E. Wilhelm
Design for the homeless
Your aim to search for a singular housing type that will be universally appropriate might be a bit broad. The question of appropriateness to local needs is the biggest issue. A key to a design is the user, the need to extract the ideas for the design. Rather than designing in a vacumm, uninformed.
Khoa Do
Design for the homeless
Dear Mr.Cruz,

Is there a way to contact you. There is no email address in the member profiles. I'll be glad to have a chat with you about Mobile Settlements, Houses and Units.
Mohamed S. Asar
Design for the homeless
I think, Miguel, that there is a great difference between providing a HOME in which the homeless would find a cheap, convenient place to live,and a portable shelter, which can be used for camping,or in worst cases in a national crisis.
I assume you mean the second one, which has an industrial approach, and not a humane one.
The first, however, cannot be designed for international distribution but as single or similar cases, based on local opportinities and constraints.
Nada Ishaq


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