Help for the homeless

Shelter is one of the most basic human needs. We round up four innovative designs for temporary shelter.

Whether as a result of natural disaster, war or poverty there are millions of people worldwide who either live in temporary shelter or who can be considered homeless. Often traditional systems of housing delivery can not keep up with the demand especially in resource scare areas.

Here we round up four designs that use low-tech construction methods to creative high-impact solutions. 

Paper log house

The winner of the 2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize, Shigeru Ban constructs temporary paper log houses for victims of a natural disaster in the Philippines. Read more here.

The Green Shack

The Green Shack by Stephen Lamb and Andrew Lord looks at how simple, low-tech design can transform temporary spaces into “home” spaces that are fire and flood resistant and provide a measure of food security in informal settlements. See more here.

Corrugated cardboard cabin

An origami-inspired corrugated cardboard shelter is a great temporary solution for the urban homeless and victims of disaster. See the prototype here.

House of sand

Cal Earth stepped in after the disaster in Haiti to provide sustainable, low-cost housing and empowering unskilled workers in the process. See it here.