3-in-1 'wearable shelter' for syrian refugees - mylar material
Design students from the Royal College of Art in London have designed a prototype coat that can be turned into a tent or sleeping bag.
They believe that such clothing can provide aid agencies with a cheap, sustainable solution to help refugees arriving in Europe.
Made of Tyvek, the "wearable protection system" is made of Tyvek material that is sturdy and durable and can withstand tearing.
It is also waterproof but breathable, so condensation can be avoided.
When converted into a tent or sleeping bag, the designer said that due to the lining made of the insulating material Mylar, it retains the body temperature of the person inside. More than 1.
Last year, 1 million people fleeing poverty, war and repression in the Middle East, Asia and Africa arrived on the European coast and almost everyone went to Germany.
Most people arrive with the property they can carry.
The team from RCA said that their wearable shelter does not mean a long-term solution, but aid to refugees in the days between arriving in Europe and arriving at the processing center.
"I asked our students to think about how a dress could become a shelter for about three children --
Many refugees took a week from the point of arrival in the EU to the processing center.
Our idea is to make sure that the materials used are sustainable and reasonably priced and can make this garment very easy and fast to produce on a large scale, this means that we can quickly distribute it through many different agencies, "project co-leader Dr.
Co-said: "We have contacted many agencies, one of which is MSF that is really involved in helping people on site
Designer Ann Sophie Guy
"The first thing we think about is how almost all of your houses do it --
How do you wear your house, your personal items and personal items?
The inspired folding is deformed into three structures-
Coat, sleeping bag or tent
It takes about a minute for everyone to build a person.
The team of 10 master students is still refining the current work prototype and trying different materials that will remain stable when built as tents, for example, the kite rod that will be slotted into the frame.
They are also working on a design that will add inflatable elements to the structure.
Parka with hat
The stylish jacket has a large waterproof storage bag.
Clothing is able to accommodate a person's property and the weight is evenly distributed so as not to cause discomfort, which is a major problem.
"It's easy to convert into a sleeping bag and become a shelter that can accommodate an adult and a few children, and it's clear that it's a coat that can carry many different functions, like files, mobile phones, personal items.
"There are even panels that allow people to carry something like clothing to distribute weight," Harris added . ".
The final prototype is currently under construction in China.
The aim was to conduct field tests in early summer, with the ultimate aim of providing aid agencies with a viable product to be distributed among refugees before the temperature drops.
Young designers have recently launched a campaign on the crowd.
Funding website Kickstarter helps fund mass production of clothing and helps refugee aid agencies to ship wearable devices to where they are most needed. The low-cost, charity-
Dr. Harriet Harris says focused design represents a paradigm shift in an industry that tends to focus on luxury goods.
She hopes the wearable shelter will show how designers can make a positive impact on society.
"This is a project that shows the fact that design is not just exclusive and rich products, it has a social heart," Harriss said . " He added: "design needs to show a greater sense of social responsibility for such issues.