The UN has started to invest in flat-pack homes as a more sustainable solution for housing refugees. In many parts of the world, refugees live in flimsy canvas tents that are not designed for long-term use. Prefabricated housing is not only more durable, but it is also a more cost-effective solution for refugee camps.
Cameron Sinclair helped to design the flat-pack homes with the help of local building experts and non-profit organizations. The prefabricated structures are called 'RE:BUILD' and they are designed to serve as anything from a home to a small school. The structure consists of a series of metal grids, which can be filled with sand or gravel to provide a natural form of insulation. The roof of the structure features solar panels that can help to provide a source of power for those living inside. The entire structure is easy to set up and can be built by the refugees themselves so that they don't need to wait for humanitarian assistance.