Easy to ship, easy to erect, and lightweight - these are great qualities for an emergency housing, and young social entrepreneur Alastair Pryor achieves just this with his foldable Compact Shelter. A simple, yet innovative way to bring fast, practical shelters to emergency disaster victims, the collapsible tent is flat packed for easy transport, weighs just 35 pounds, is suitable for all climates and only takes two minutes to pop up. Learn more about this elegant emergency shelter after the jump.
The Compact Shelter is made out of a UV stabilized polypropylene, a durable, weather resistant and thermally insulative material. After passing rigorous testing standards, which are set by various aid relief organizations, the pop up dwelling proved to be suitable in even the most extreme weather conditions. Pryor also designed the tent with various manually-operated air vents so that as cool air enters through the shelter’s base, warm air is expelled, further adapting the shelter for all types of climates.
When completely opened, individual tents measure 6.5 x 6.5 x 6.5 feet and provides enough interior space for two adults and two children to sleep. However, thanks to its modular design, individual units can be joined together to create larger shelters or multiple rooms, depending on the number of family members needing shelter.
Pryor explains that the idea for the pop up Compact Shelter came to him when he inadvertently disturbed a homeless man while working on a construction site, “I used to work as a ‘tradie,’ building scaffolding and one morning we were drilling and it woke up a homeless man below us. It really made me think about how poor his living conditions were. I thought if I could design a shelter that he could fold up each day or fold into a box it would be highly beneficial. I worked on this idea for quite some time until I started to think on a larger scale – aid relief. So I created a larger shelter to fit four people.”
The Compact Shelters are a truly viable option for all types of disasters, offering basic needs in the most extreme of situations: secure housing, privacy, easy assembly, etc. Additionally, Pryor says that the materials used to make the tents are 100 percent recyclable. “We have also specifically teamed up with manufacturers that have the capability to fully recycle the polypropylene by melting it back down and reproducing it,” he said. “We’re proud to say we’re 100 percent recyclable.”