Collapse – A foldable housing solution for refugee concerns

Submission: December 28, 2021
Registration: December 27, 2021
Language: English
Location: Kenya
Prizes: $24000
Type: Open Competition


The challenge is to design a folding house model that is transportable and does not consist of a settled building. More than 80 million people are forcibly displaced worldwide, of which 26.3 million people are refugees. The accommodation of most of these refugees is done by developing countries. The task at hand is to provide an immediate shelter that is safe and provides supplies for a short time. Even though the concept is temporary, most refugee camps are forced to exist, way beyond the time that they were planned for.

There is palpable chaos in human society when order breaks down. This is often the case, seen in conflict-ridden regions around the world. Unstable social, political, or environmental conditions force citizens to flee their nation land and seek refuge elsewhere. The number of such refugees, displaced over time, has been increasing at an alarming rate. The unrest or stigma in their home country is never-ending, hence they seek shelter in other nations.

How can we negotiate for a better life for these refugees who do not belong anywhere?

Design Objectives

Modular: The design can be replicated in number and over several locations.

Packable: The foldable house must collapse and be transportable, requiring minimal space.

Agile: The house can be installed instantly on-site, and dismantled with similar ease.

Upgradable: It is capable of evolving in unstable circumstances of the campsite with respect to temporary or permanent time periods.


  • The minimum eligible age for participation is 18 years.
  • The competitions are open worldwide for designers from any discipline.
  • You can participate as an individual or as a team of a maximum of 4 members.
  • All students and professionals can participate in the competitions.

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