A home for refugees

A home for refugees

The history of argentine designer who developed the emergency habitats to be used in the future.

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Currently, there are fifty million people in the world who are homeless due to natural disasters or other events caused by human intervention. In the region , thousands of people are forced to leave their homes to modern disasters. The floods in the province of Santa Fe in 2003 or runoff of a mountain in Salta in 2009 drove whole families of Argentines who had received emergency shelter for months. Here or in Bhopal (India ) , the mass of citizens vulnerable to weather increases and forms a new status , that of “environmental refugees” .

According to the United Nations in the year 2050 200 million people will be in these circumstances. Data categorization and newly emerging now clearly. 12 years ago not many were able to project the current situation effectively . Nicolás García Mayor was then 21 and was among those who could see clearly. The reality was already recognized before his eyes haunted him and felt I could not wait much longer to do anything. He was in a public and free university , I wanted to go out and start to repay part of what had been given : knowledge. And so it was .

He defined the project before finishing the race Industrial Designer at the National University of La Plata. The latest environmental shelters which will shortly UN originated in practical work that Nicholas filed skeptical teachers.

At the time of study lived almost destitute. He slept in an abandoned clinic in La Plata. “I asked permission from the owner and I agreed to change to keep clean and tidy. Settled what was the radiology and lived there for two years. It was on the second floor , there were no services , so the evening went up the dark stairs. It was so cold that other rooms used as refrigerator when I left over some food … Two years lived well . “Then I dreamed of returning to his hometown of Bahia Blanca, to reunite with his family and entrepreneurship. Now he knows that that experience gave vigours and knowledge to develop mobile homes that can be used by people who are unexpectedly left with nothing.

Toughness was what was left to Nicholas. With his hand pushed the project that managed to be both received by the Argentina Chancellery , travel Humanitarian Forum in Washington , United States , and recently the largest audience to which he aspired : the United Nations. Compared with 193 representations of the world showed their shelters folding it closer a dynamic , economical and comfortable solution for the affected families . Nicholas ‘s invention is an alternative to the better known systems ( traditional tents or rigid facilities safer but difficult to transport and install ) . The cabin has a capacity for ten people , can be located on any surface cies and, above all , it is quick and easy to assemble.

No tools are needed to lift , it is lightweight, foldable and reusable . ” There is supported on the ground , has a telescopic legs allow the assembly on any surface. Keep in mind that often are flooded or very cold areas and sleep on the floor is a drama. It is also designed to literally hang Mountain “adds Nicolás. It is transported in modules , a stiff floor with electricity and one person can assemble . The shelter is comprised of a high strength polymer , aluminum and polyester fabric . Also brings an additional three bathrooms that can be placed in three modules , as well as food rations, water, blankets , also pencils and notebooks . “From the beginning I thought that shelters should have minimum comfort … You never know when you will come . Always conceived from there the idea of the best way to isolate those who have similar problems. “

For the first time in history, natural disasters have caused more refugees than wars. The data is not passed to Nicholas who shows projections for the logistics that will distribute emergency dwellings : “In the back of a truck could be transported two modules to house 20 people , in a plane or helicopter and 20 modules a train 1900 . people who are in the rain just have to wait for them to bring the modules and open the packaging. With this project we can save thousands of lives , “he says with a confidence that excited . The bahiense baptized art ” Cmax System” thinking of his brother, Carlos Maximiliano name . He says he wanted to encourage further study to help you believe. Is that this has been the formula for success of your project: believe and persist . Even facing the worst challenges that life can bring us .

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