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Last edited 01 Jan 2021
Humanitarian shelter exhibition
When humanitarian disaster strikes, providing shelter for displaced people is one of the most critical components of the emergency response. The exhibit by BRE and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is a life-size, walk-through recreation of emergency shelters for different situations. Such shelters need to be designed for resilience, rapid construction and deployment, and the exhibit also reveals the crucial role of local skills, labour and materials.
The 17.5 sq. m shelter on display is designed to be occupied by a family of five, and is typical of the space allocation for such buildings. The international humanitarian SPHERE standards, allow just 3.5 sq. m per person as a minimum. The model shelter will meet the gender, social, cultural and psychological needs of people after disasters and is especially focused on the most vulnerable – women, children, elderly, sick and disabled.
“Recovery after extreme weather events such as Hurricane Irma may take many years, which often requires some kind of transitional shelter. This exhibition shows how organisations can collaborate to build safer, stronger shelters and better to meet the challenges of a changing climate and environment.
“Our aims are to share information with stakeholders and the wider public and media on these issues. It will be part of our outreach to building professionals and materials experts, and act as a stimulus for wider research and understanding on issues such as climate change resilience and sustainability."
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