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Better Shelter  - Refugee Housing Unit

When people are in need due to natural disasters or conflict-induced displacement, a well-designed and rapidly deployed emergency shelter can mean the difference between life and death. Karmod presents some of the most innovative emergency shelters we have encountered.

Natural disasters, political unrest, wars and other emergencies unfortunately occur all too often, leaving hundreds and thousands of people homeless and in danger. Through a combination of innovative technology, careful design and a passion for humanitarian aid, incredible creations are made to address these situations.

One of these creations comes from Karmod, a Turkish company that has developed a unique and tailor-made solution for refugees and rescuers: a rapidly transportable emergency shelter system. Disaster areas could become a little more liveable thanks to Karmod's refugee shelters.

The Karmod Refugee shelters comes flat-packed and is easy to build. Whereas other tents require you to use poles and stakes, the Karmod Refugee shelters asks only that you pull on its metal poles and stretch it out. Shelter designed for multiple families can be set up instantly in disaster areas. War and natural disasters unfortunately seem to be one thing that the march of technology and design cannot eradicate. Here's hoping that designers continue creating tools and shelters designed to aid victims of these awful events.

What is a Karmod Refugee shelters?

Karmod creates quickly deployable accommodation solutions that provide shelter, safety, and comfort to exhausted emergency services workers, and refugees, among others. There are approximately 67 million people worldwide directly affected by the refugee crisis alone.

Unlike temporary prefabricated shelters, the Karmod is completely bespoke, durable and provides an actual roof and walls for those sleeping within it — something that's invaluable when living in harsh conditions and extreme weather. Furthermore, these huts come equipped with showers, toilets, and electricity.

Karmod's Refugee shelters operates similarly, you can choose the simple hut structure, and then you can select the exact layout you prefer, if you wish to have common areas, bathrooms, dining areas, and many extra add ons based entirely on your needs. Each hut comes with a built-in table, bench, and sink.

Environmentally speaking they're fantastic. As they're only placed above ground, once they're removed there is no left-over damage. As Karmod says, "we work with nature, for nature". Merging intelligent engineering, humanitarianism, and innovation can truly bring about incredible designs.

Karmod shelter the weatherproof, quick-to-assemble and sustainable make-shift home for refugees is Karmod‘s temporary housing solution for aiding displaced families and individuals who are fleeing conflict, disaster and climate change.

Shelter is an important survival mechanism in times of crisis or displacement. It is also essential for restoring people's safety, self-sufficiency and dignity. At Karmod, an essential part of our protection mandate is to ensure access to adequate shelter in humanitarian emergencies. We provide shelter to refugees, develop emergency response strategies, tools and guidelines, and provide emergency assistance to those most in need.

Shelter in urban areas

Europe is currently facing an influx of tens of thousands of refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and North Africa, who are crossing the seas in rickety boats, dodging fences and occupying railway stations to find a new home.

In urban areas, many refugees share accommodation or live in dysfunctional public buildings, collective centers, slums and informal settlements. Conditions are often inadequate and providing shelter is a major challenge. In rural areas, the provision of protection and humanitarian assistance through refugee camps is common.

Emergency shelters present a particular challenge for planners and architects, as a successful model must consider issues such as delivery, speed of construction, durability and cost.

The following emergency shelters range from planning to realisation of actual units where people currently live. They also vary from a very simple, basic hut to more sophisticated models equipped with solar power and rainwater harvesting. But they all have the same goal: saving lives through good design.

The post-disaster situation offers an opportunity to rebuild the habitability of safer communities in the future, and housing reconstruction plays a key role in community recovery. Over the past decade, Indonesia has experienced several devastating major earthquakes that have severely damaged infrastructure and housing.

UNHCR, together with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), leads Karmod. The IFRC plays a leading role in disaster situations, while we play a leading role in displacement due to conflict.