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Abod Shelters, slum dwellers, poverty, green design, sustainable design, prefab design, tiny houses, South Africa, BSB Design, natural light, humanitarian design, social design, eco-design, Johannesburg, informal housing, cheap housing, Doug Sharp

Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, Doug amassed a team of designers to help him with his latest philanthropy project – lightweight shelters that can be easily shipped and erected anywhere in the world. Highly affordable and flexible in design, each shelter can be can be customized to fit each owner’s particular needs. Everything from kitchen and toilet units to end walls, loft expansions and special doors can be added to the core structure.

Mostly constructed out of corrugated metal, a translucent plastic panel can be used to incorporate natural lighting – a boon for slums that typically lack decent access to national electricity grids. Gutters incorporated into the shelters ensure that rainwater is directed away from the tiny homes to improve sanitation and a number of the houses can be linked together to create a small community. A fabulous humanitarian intervention, the first Abod community was constructed just outside of Johannesburg as a test pilot.

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Via Tiny House Swoon