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These Woven Tents Serve as Clever Disaster Shelters

Adding to the already extensive list of high-design relief shelters, Jordanian architect Abeer Seikaly has created these free-standing dwellings as simple, but highly functional disaster homes for refugees. Called Weaving a Home, the small enclosures are based on the three-dimensional, tent-like temporary huts of nomadic tribes, though with some modern updates. Seikaly's clever new details include constructing the tents out of a "hollow structural skin" of fabric that folds into place around a domed center and makes room for pockets of storage on the inside. Depending on the temperature and weather conditions, the exterior walls can be opened or shut—almost like blinds—to let in light and air. There's also a solar-energy powered water tank (yes, really) that sits at the top. Find renderings of the brilliant little project below, then head over to Design Boom for all the nitty gritty diagrams.

· Abeer Seikaly weaves shelters for disaster relief using patterned fabric [Design Boom]
· All Good Causes posts [Curbed National]