LAU architecture students assemble emergency shelter using plastic crates + ties

How easy is to develop temporarily structures from everyday, common objects that are easily  accessible to people all-over the world?
That was the question given to third year architecture students at the Lebanese American University and so they designed the “emergency plastic crates shelter”


Studio instructor Richard Douzjian requested  from students to think over immigration, as many refugees are forced to incorporate such materials into creating their own living environments.


A 1:1 scale prototype has been assembled  on site at LAU’s byblos campus. The ECS-p1′ project uses just two components as construction materials: plastic crates  and regular zip ties.


As we read on designboom: “Following a ‘consumerist vernacular architecture’ approach, the adapted containers are reusable if undamaged, otherwise they are completely recyclable along with the ties that hold it together. Every single plastic crate functions as a storage unit. This dual purpose extends to the window shutters, which can be integrated as either seats or table legs when not blocking the openings. In hot and dry climates the shelter provides a viable substitute to the conventional tent, as it procures natural lighting, ventilation and cooling, while being more structurally resistant and offering seamless holding spaces.”



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