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I will update as I learn more about these inspiring tents. It'd be wonderful to see a non-profit project launched where thousands of people sign up to weave these tents and send them to the Syrian refugees.
"Design is supposed to give form to a gap in people’s needs. 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. In this space, the refugees find a place to pause from their turbulent worlds, a place to weave the tapestry of their new lives. They weave their shelter into home." From Abeer Seikaly's website.
I came across this article when I was reading about the Syrian refugee crisis. According to Stephanie Nebehay, as of Aug 29 (Reuters) three million Syrian refugees will have registered in neighboring countries. "Many remain trapped by the advance of Islamist militants or are having difficulty in reaching open border crossings," the United Nations said.
"Syrians desperate to leave their war-engulfed homeland are forced to pay hefty bribes at armed checkpoints proliferating along Syria's borders, or to smugglers, the U.N. refugee agency said." This was reported by Stephanie Nebehay.
The record figure is one million refugees more than a year ago, while a further 6.5 million are displaced within Syria, meaning that "almost half of all Syrians have now been forced to abandon their homes and flee for their lives," it said.
"The Syrian crisis has become the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era, yet the world is failing to meet the needs of refugees and the countries hosting them," Antonio Guterres, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, said in a statement.
Today, I wrote to the designer of these tents and asked where they are made available to purchase and if they are available for the Syrian refugees.
"Drawing inspiration from traditional basket weaving techniques and the flexibility of snake skin, the designer uses weatherproof fabric drawn between durable, curved plastic tubing. This creates a structurally sound tent that can handle both compression and tension loads. The double-layered fabric tent skins are also hollow, allowing for weatherproof entrances and for water piping and electrical cables to run between the layers. While the design is scalable, the models shown are five meters in diameter and 2.4 meters high." Quoted from:
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