A Better Tent Design Built for Middle Eastern Refugees
A new tent design was introduced by Egyptian researchers for Middles Eastern and Syrian refugees. This time, to resolve issues on extremes of climate; the design was patterned after a Bedouin tent. This was initiated by companies such as IKEA and architects like Shigeru Ban; a type of tent where the inside appears like spacious courtyards.
Syrian refugees have now reached more than 4.5 million. With this number, there is a call for an inexpensive yet effective temporary shelter to house these people. Professor and Egyptian architect Dabaieh together with her colleague tailored a design that is biodegradable, cost effective and culturally sensitive. The ultimate goal is to create a tent that can adapt the region’s climate which can swift back and forth from extreme cold to extreme heat. After all, that’s what a tent must be; to give utmost comfort just like those found at What Camping Tent site.
The tent created for the refugees has a clustered design. This is to provide access to more private places which is very essential to their culture. It also has access to public places. In a Muslim culture, it is important to keep women away from men who do not belong to the family. The private space between them is very significant.
“The tent’s design is very familiar to the refugees with its structure suited for a Middle East context”, Dabeieh said.
The greatest fear felt by the refuges is the extreme weather conditions. Winter can be very cold causing many deaths among them. Mostly, the death was caused by frost bite which shouldn’t happen if only they don’t have flimsy shelters.
“We are so afraid that the snow won’t stop since our tents can’t hold up against its weight”, one Syrian refugee admitted.
However, the newly designed Bedouin tent will help resolve this issue. This tent is made of flexible wool. The roof is also stretched with angle design so the snow or the rain will simply slide off. Interior heat or cold will stretch the roof during summer time. To keep the tent cooler, the roof is raised as well. The roof is adjustable due to the gap created in between 2 wool layers. Hence, it can be narrowed during winter and widened during summer. The tent can also be set up with ease. This way, refugees can move it as they please so it will face towards the sun in winter and away from it when summer time comes.
The tent can last up to 6 years and Dabaieh hope that so will be the refugees. But for these settlers, their condition is permanent. Hence, the tent has to be robust enough to house them for many long years to come.