Asylum – Challenge to design a prototype refuge shelter

Submission: January 18, 2022
Registration: January 17, 2022
Language: English
Location: Worldwide
Prizes: $24000
Type: Open


The aim of this challenge is to create a compact temporary shelter that can be prototyped, multiplied, and is portable; which will provide them with a shelter that’ll help them have a temporary refuge anywhere. The design has to be a temporary structure that has to be compact enough to fit in a small space and should be portable enough for them to shift to places.

The plight of migrants

In August 2017, a deadly crackdown by Myanmar’s army on Rohingya Muslims sent hundreds of thousands fleeing across the border into Bangladesh.

Rohingya Muslims represent the largest percentage of Muslims in Myanmar, with the majority living in the Rakhine state. The crackdown caused a large number of Rohingya majority people to run for their lives from Myanmar to Bangladesh. Known to belong to the Arab trader’s community but after residing in Myanmar for decades they are rightfully their citizens.

The government of Myanmar, a predominantly Buddhist country, denies the Rohingya citizenship and even excluded them from the 2014 census.

Due to their status as illegal migrants in Myanmar, a great amount of Rohingya refugees and trying to settle back in Bangladesh through unfit and critical conditions.

Brief of the Competition

In these deteriorating conditions in terms of shelter, health, and safety of these refugees; there is a need for an architectural intervention that would provide them with a solution that will assure them temporary relief.

The multiplicability of this design is important in terms of the scale of people it has to serve.

Design Objectives

Agile: The structure must be easy to install and dismantle, as it is transported at multiple locations.

Modular: The design must be modular and compact with a smaller built footprint.

Economical: The design must promote local material use and techniques so that the production of the module in larger numbers is economical.

Comfort: The ultimate goal is to create a comfortable and convenient environment for refugees.

Upgradable: The design must be functional and flexible enough for people to adapt it to additional uses in the future.

The above objectives can be a point of beginning to conceive this design. Participants can assume their contexts and user group on the basis of their concepts and designs.

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Date: January 10, 2022