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Molo Employee Tests Indoor Emergency Softshelter Made From Expandable Paper

Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On August 9, 2011 @ 10:10 pm In Architecture,carousel showcase,Design,Features,Green Building,humanitarian design | No Comments

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Molo’s Softshelter solution is made up of its expandable, accordion style paper room dividers [1], which it has been selling for many years. The walls are made from 100% recyclable paper with magnetic door closures. Flexible by design, these walls can be used to create a myriad of shapes and rooms and are intended for indoor use only (as they are most definitely not waterproof). The idea is that post disaster [2], these flat-packed room dividers could be shipped to large shelters, where they could be set up to create private rooms for families.

One of Molo’s employees, David, moved into a shelter room last week to test out the prototype and see what else could be done to make the system better. David is sleeping on the floor with a select few belongings as well as a light, a towel rod, binder clips and magnets – a package that the team decided to provide with each emergency shelter [3]. So far, David says of the shelter, “On Tuesday I moved a selection of belongings into the workshop. It is comforting to fall asleep completely enclosed by the undulating kraft paper walls. Despite being in the large, open workshop the shelter offers a feeling of safety and isolation.”

The concept seems completely practical and useful in large shelter situations where these private rooms would provide a sense of privacy and dignity for families. On the other hand though, Co.Design [4] is reporting that these paper shelters cost $1000 bucks a pop. It seems pretty expensive for paper alone, but then again, emergency shelters aren’t cheap either (although they should be!). Maybe Molo can set up a system like TOMS shoes [5], where those that purchase a Softwall room divider also pay for the cost of an emergency shelter in a disaster zone.

+ Softshelter at Molo Design [6]

Via Co. Design [4]

Images ©Molo Design

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URLs in this post:

[1] room dividers: http://inhabitat.com/carpet-samples-designers-genius-ample-sample-winners/

[2] post disaster: http://inhabitat.com/japanese-students-build-a-pavilion-from-thousands-of-fish-to-support-tsunami-reconstruction-efforts/

[3] emergency shelter: http://inhabitat.com/tag/emergency-shelter

[4] Co.Design: http://www.fastcodesign.com/1664708/almost-genius-molo-creates-emergency-shelters-from-pleated-paper

[5] TOMS shoes: http://inhabitat.com/toms-charity-water-launch-limited-edition-shoes-to-provide-clean-h2o/

[6] + Softshelter at Molo Design: http://www.molodesign.com/molonews/softshelter-journal/

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