What is Maggie Program NPO?
The Maggie program represents a comprehensive approach in providing access to health, education and perspective for displaced and disadvantaged people worldwide, by offering European knowledge of building techniques and innovation.
The aim is to work through small-scale construction projects and bring innovative solutions to hard-to-reach or conflict areas. Originating from their Maggie shelter innovation, the Maggie Program forms the non-profit department of DMOA architects.
After innovating the Maggie Shelter, DMOA architects today supports humanitarian actors through sharing building skills and new insights that lead to innovation. Through specific projects they introduce sustainability, circularity and ecology in a humanitarian building context by building solutions with Maggie shelters.
Why the Maggie shelter ?
The Maggie shelter is an infrastructure that looks like a tent but has the virtues of a fixed building. The design is based on 30 lifesaving criteria. It consists of an easy to assemble aluminium frame, wrapped in a double layer of canvas.
It takes only 2 days and 6 people to set up a Maggie of 100m2. Once sheltered, the walls and the roof can be filled with materials that are locally available, like insulation, sand, organic materials and even stray plastic with the help of the local community . It thus becomes a sustainable, adaptable, circular, insulated and upgradable building with a life-span of over 15 years. Some of its unique characteristics are shown in the drawing underneath.