Design Criteria

USER-CENTERED

Low cost
On demand solutions
Fast & easy to assemble
Fast & easy to disassemble
Light weight elements

COMFORT

Heat
Cold
Rain
Acoustics
Daylight

SAFETY

Snowload
Fire retardancy
Protection
Strong Winds
Natural forces

HYGIENE

Clean

Fresh air
Anti insects
Anti rodents
Anti dust

DURABILITY

Community involvement
Energy friendly
Eco friendly
Life span
Local repairability

ADAPTABILITY

Different climates
Different purposes
Modular combinations
Local upgradeability
Compact transport

CRITERIA USED FOR DESIGNING THE SHELTER

The criteria we used is based on criteria provided by shelter experts and criteria used for schools in Belgium. 

In total, we determined 30 criteria. Most of the criteria address the shortcomings of tents.

The challenge was to meet every of the 30 requirements and to keep the shelter simple and low cost. Not surprising that we needed 14 different engineers, architects and researchers and several companies to finally thick off all the criteria.