The increasing number and scale of natural disasters throughout the world, highlighted by the recent Hurricane Irma, has given rise to a collaborative exhibit by BRE and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) that will be unveiled at BRE’s Innovation Park in Watford on 17 November. The 17.5m² The Humanitarian Shelter demonstrates construction types and dynamic approaches that can be used to assist communities when disaster strikes. ‘Transitional’ shelters such as these are one of the first critical components of emergency relief.
Projects such as the Humanitarian Shelter have huge scalability potential, and would be coordinated on the ground with NGO’s, local governments, authorities and communities. These organisations will then work with local communities to educate and support in the building of the shelters themselves, so they become equipped with the knowledge needed to deal with any potential future disasters.
The launch is taking place as part of the UK Shelter Forum (UKSF), an international platform to discuss current issues relating to humanitarian organisations and shelter during and after disasters. The theme of the 21st UK Shelter Forum is ‘Sustainability and Resilience’. The programme for the day is available here.