• IKEA develops flat-pack polymer refugee shelters with solar panels

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    When it comes to designing practical furniture for modern homes, IKEA knows best. The furniture retail giant has recently extended this knowledge in design to building deployable homes that can work as refugee shelters in disaster struck areas and relief camps. The IKEA Foundation has joined hands with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to develop refugee shelters sturdier than the current canvas tents used.

    The result is a shed-like structure made of lightweight polymer panels and laminated with thermal insulation. All of this clips on to a steel frame that can be assembled quickly. The entire shelter can be packed flat and takes four hours to deploy. Sporting an integrated solar panel that juices up built-in lights and a USB outlet, this ideal shelter could be mass produced for just $980 a unit.

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    [Via – Dezeen]

    Topics: Lifestyle Tags: , on July 9, 2013
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