IKEA's Innovative Solution for Refugee Shelter Can't Keep Up with Demand
The brain behind these shelters is Industrial Designer Johan Karlsson, designing what he described as an “incremental modification to existing refugee shelters.”
How are we housing millions of Syrian refugees?
The question is easily answered. A quick Google image search reveals tent houses — hundreds of rows of these flimsy tents. IKEA may have a better solution.
The IKEA Foundation is helping Syrian refugees in their major transition by building easy-to-assemble shelters.
“I mean they’re really people running for their lives,” said British-Indian novelist Salman Rushdie. “And, of course, I think they need to be not left to starve and die in various no man’s land, you know. They do need to be accommodated somehow.”
The good news is camps across Europe — in Germany, Switzerland, and Sweden — are demanding these shelters. However, according to Karlsson, demand has been out-pacing their ability to supply. His foundation is only able to produce around 2,500 units a month. But with millions in Syria fleeing, it's becoming difficult to keep up.
“What started as a humanitarian project for people far away in distant, war-torn countries is now right on our doorstep,” he explained.
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