MORE THAN SHELTERS @morethsh Innovative Architektur und Social-Design Konzepte für humanitäre Zwecke. ------ Innovative architecture and social-design concepts for humanitarian needs. Hamburg/Berlin www.morethanshelters.org For those who haven't seen it yet, here is a small report about the opening of the Women and Kids DOMOs in Hamburg: http://www.ndr.de/fernsehen/sendung...gsorte-fuer-Fluechtlingsfrauen,hamj46296.html DOMO is a housing-system to help people in situations of humanitarian crisis fast to regain a dignified home. Due to DOMOs modular character it is flexibly adaptable: (to humanitarian Emergency aid) to individual and cultural needs of people as well as local climate and geographical circumstance. 59,5 Million refugees worldwide – the highest number since World War II Today, the average lifespan of a refugee camp is close to 20 years The average length of stay of a refugee amounts up to 12 years Half of refugees today have lived in a camp for five years or more Upward Tendency Source: UNHCR Global Trends Report 2014 These numbers represent people with individual histories and stories as wells as special skills and talents. Additionally they show: refugee camps are increasingly not only places for shelter, but (temporary) homes. Existing solutions are not designed for such long-term usage. Traditional tents are replaced every six to nine month and put pressure on the budget of aid agencies, without sustainably improving peoples living conditions. 12345678 Features Stable A sandblasted aluminum hollow profile construction offers stability despite its lightness. The added PVC flooring protects from water, dirt and insects to enter the tent. Comfortable A membranous outer shell makes for pleasant indoor climate and natural ventilation. Depending on the climate zone, DOMO is available in different materials. Protective Two-layered windows can be opened entirely and are high enough so outsiders cannot look in. Flexible The concept allows accommodations to individually adapt according to different climates and geographical specifications. Modular Depending on socio-cultural needs and size of family or groups, the inhabitants can connect multiple DOMOs with each other and use them for variable purposes, also for storage or community areas. Compatible DOMO can easily be transported, assembled quickly and complies with all requirements set by internationally established logistic supply chains in humanitarian aid. Longevity In contrast to common tents in humanitarian aid, DOMO does not only sustain six to ten month, but up to ten years. Single elements can easily be replaced and thus relieve the budget. source: http://www.morethanshelters.org/eng/domo/ See also, Technical Specs: http://www.morethanshelters.org/eng/domo-tech-specs/ We have to transform the most miserable places on this planet into sustainable and innovative eco-systems Vision and Mission MORE THAN SHELTERS aims to create a humane habitat for refugees and residents of informal settlements and encourage those involved to actively shape their own future. For a dignified life, even in situations of crisis. We have to stop looking at refugee camps as a short-term problem. We all should start viewing them as long-term opportunities for people who have lost everything. We have to transform the most miserable places on this planet into sustainable and innovative eco-systems. Sustainable development is possible if people can determine their own lives. Only then, a survival space turns into a living space, a place which takes into account individual needs, safety, security and privacy and which can be actively shaped. Thus, people affected turn into participants. Our objective is to create an individual home for people who have been forced in to an emergency situation and give them the opportunity to help themselves. From human warehousing to individual self-development and human dignity. From a psychology of dependency to personal autonomy. From loss of dignity and hope to active engagement in the future. Only the people make the space, they are living in to a place, to a habitat, to their home. Daniel Kerber at Solve for X Re-engineering Refugee Camps and Slums In early 2014 we were invited to present MORE THAN SHELTERS and our alternative approach to refugee situations worldwide in the renowned Solve for X-Conference in San Francisco. Solve for X is a think tank project launched by Google to incite collaboration to solve global issues.