By: Evan Carroll, Fredrik Kristoffersson and Gustaf Arfelt
Problem: Our problem is that some refuges do not have stable shelters. The tents may be cold, leak when it rains, lack electricity. We also want to bring these people together in a community where they can help each other out more.
Solution: The Ref Com Shelter can house many refugees. The home has 7 bedrooms, each being able to house 4 people. There is also a community space that would have electricity and common core appliances, such as a refrigerator and a washing machine. These appliances will be powered by solar panels on the roof of each home. The homes also have a community bathroom.
Our ideas provides for a community aspect, we want to help refugees come together to better their future. We believe the Ref Com Shelter will also combat loneliness.
Precedents: There are some precedents that we have taken as inspiration from, such as the shelter from IKEA.
First Prototype: Our first prototype is made out of cardboard and glue. We have tried to make the prototype as simple as possible. We want these refuges to get closer, that's the idea with the community shelter. They can interact with each other, they can help each other out with their professions.
2nd Prototype: We will use more durable material, such as wood, nails, metal, and 3D printed objects. We will also create a full complex of the shelters to show what a small community could look like. A separate larger individual home will be created in better detail. This will show how the home can work.
March 29, update on our progress. We are now finished with the second prototype. The changes we made are more durable material such as wood instead of cardboard. Hinges for the roof so it can fold and show the interior. We painted the roof dark blue and the house white.