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Belgian Shelter Prototype Offers New Spin on Refugee Tent

The massive refugee crisis that has dominated the news over the last year has resulted in a displaced population spread across many countries in Europe, as well as a shortage of affordable and quick-to-construct shelters. The scope of the challenge suggests the tradeoffs that come to bear when designing and implementing a large-scale shelter solution: how to create quick and easy buildings that are more solid and dependable than simple tents, yet still abide by many state's wishes to provide temporary housing. Developed by the Belgium-based Maggie Program, the Maggie Shelter seeks to bridge the gap and offer stable housing that's still portable, reusable, and easy to set up. A double jacket of plastic walls, which can be filled with sand, straw, used plastics, and a variety of organic materials (akin to Shigeru Ban's shelter for Nepal) , can be easily turned in a community center, medical facilities or school to accommodate refugees. The organization is currently crowdfunding to develop and create prototypes and begin producing and distributing the plastic shelters.

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