Climate change is expected to create 200 million environmental refugees by 2050. The UN estimates that millions of people, particularly those living in developing countries, will lose their land and homes because of increased water levels, desertification, and food scarcity caused by degradation of agricultural land.
For these migrants, easy movement will be fundamental as they attempt to resettle in new and unfamiliar lands. This means they’ll need shelter that’s functional and easy to carry, and that’s where these amazing tents come in.
Award-winning designer and architect Abeer Seikaly came up with an innovative tent design that’s lightweight, portable, and flexible for a project she calls Weaving a Home. The huts are made with a special woven fabric that can adapt to cold or hot climates, collect clean water, and store solar energy.
The double-layered cover can seal up to provide warmth in rainy or snowy weather, or open up to provide ventilation when it’s warm.
The outer layer has tubes with thermal properties that can absorb sun light and convert it into usable electricity that’s stored in a battery and can power small appliances. The tent also collects water in a storage tank at the top using a thermosiphoning system. Energy collected from the sun can be used to warm the water, allowing the luxury of quick hot showers.
Seikaly was inspired by the form and function of things found in nature as well as traditional basket weaving techniques to come up with a design that “blurs the distinction between structure and fabric.”
“[The] 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,” Seikaly writes on her website.