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Ikea-Designed Refugee Shelters Last Longer than Tents

 - Jun 27, 2013
References: ikea & fastcoexist
The tents the United Nations erects for recently displaced refugees begin to disintegrate afte six months, a time frame that doesn't often coincide with finding a new, permanent home; Ikea-designed refugee shelters hopes to make the transition much easier. Built to last 10 times that long, these shelters were created in joint effort with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR).

Packaged just like other Ikea products, the Ikea-designed refugee shelters take about four hours to assemble. At 17.5 square meters, they are twice as large as the typical tent and can hold five people comfortably. Each one is made out of lightweight Rhulite plastic mounted on a supersteel skeleton. The Ikea-designed refugee shelters will begin rolling out in July.