Addressing the displacement of people by natural disasters, Designnobis has created Tentative – a compact, all-in-one, deployable emergency shelter. Designed by Designnobis founder, Hakan Gürsu, Tentative was honored with a Silver Award in the Social Design category of the A' Design Award 2014-2015 and has been nominated for the 2015 Design Index and World Design Impact Prize 2015 by ICSID. Read more about this emergency shelter after the break.
Conceptually, Tentative is a disaster response tent that can be deployed in almost any terrain or climate. The structure consists of a weather-resistant textile that is quilted together, with insulating perlite sandwiched between layers, held by an aluminum frame. Water is collected via the roof, which also provides lighting and ventilation. Heat-insulating recyclable composite decks make up the floor, with legs keeping the floor above ground to prevent heat loss.
When compacted, Tentative is 4m long, 2m wide and 30cm tall, and 24 units can be delivered by a semi-trailer truck. After expansion, Tentative stands 2.5m tall and can accommodate two adults and two children.
Thanks to its compact build, lightness and quick assembly, Tentative may quickly become a viable solution for emergency disaster response in many places around the world.