Innovative emergency shelters are good, but a world at peace is better
A new exhibition at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) entitled, “Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter”, takes a look at how designers are creating emergency housing solutions for current humanitarian and climatological crises. It is the first time a major museum has explored the plight of the world’s homeless. The show will be on view until January 22.
United Nations figures suggest that 67.2 million individuals worldwide are currently refugees, asylum seekers, or internally displaced. These people need a specific kind of shelter that can be rapidly deployed and easily assembled with basic tools and labor skills.
Temporary shelters are a first step in refugee recovery, with potential to provide security, and restore self-sufficiency and dignity. Here are some examples that employ different technologies to tackle temporary displacement, but they don't always hit their mark. Sure we need innovation in design, but what we really need are effective strategies to reduce the number of people who need shelter.
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