Incredible sustainable tents that are a great example of the power of design and how it can change lives and improve the world. However, two years on and the idea is still yet to be realised.
These incredible sustainable tents are a great example of the power of design; how it can change lives and improve the world. As the amount of people being displaced across the world continues to escalate, more than ever, it seems like this might be the time for brand who wants to make a real difference to really get behind this initiative.
Jordanian-Canadian architect, designer and artist Abeer Seikaly has created a sustainable tent that not only provides shelter, it collects rainwater and stores solar energy.
Seikaly’s ‘Weaving a home’ design aims to make a difference to those being displaced due to conflict and climate change.
Seikaly says that “Weaving a home re-examines the traditional architectural concept of tent shelters by creating a technical, structural fabric that expands to enclose and contracts for mobility while providing the comforts of contemporary life (heat, running water, electricity, storage, etc.)”.
The design is inspired by nature with snake skin and traditional cultural influences such as weaving and nomadic life. These unique tents are weather proof, lightweight and provide a practical and energy efficient solution.
The dual layer structure provides flexibility to close to keep out the cold and wet weather in winter and open up to let out hot air in summer. Rainwater is collected for drinking and showering while solar energy is also captured in a battery to power lights an other energy needs at night.
Seikaly says that this “lightweight, mobile, structural fabric could potentially close the gap between need and desire as people metaphorically weave their lives back together, physically weaving their built environment into a place both new and familiar, transient and rooted, private and connected.”
Seikaly hopes her design will help refugees find a place to pause from their turbulent worlds, a place to weave the tapestry of their new lives.
Images courtesy of Abeer Seikaly