An engineering and architectural company in Louvain has designed a new tent for refugee camps, which they have nicknamed Maggie. They presented it to the public on Wednesday. It is made of high-tech material and aluminium, and should improve living conditions for millions of refugees across the world. This multifunction tent will mainly be used for schools and makeshift hospitals, but will also provide a place to store food and medical supplies. The architectural and engineering company DMOA developed this tent with the help of several research centres and universities. “Maggie is a new type of shelter. The humble tent has been transformed into a veritable mobile home”, says Bart Peeters from DMOA.
“Maggie” is 20 metres long, 6 metres high, and can hold up to 60 people. “Our tent has a double lining. The walls are full or organic material such as sand, straw, or even waste”.
“It can resist extreme heat and cold, and well as winds of up to 150 km/h”. It is also two to three times cheaper than a standard tent.
Sarah Johansson (Source: Belga)