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Designer crowdfunds to build pods for homeless

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Architectural designer James Furzer has launched a crowdfunding campaign for a modular homeless shelter which would hang off the sides of buildings

The 6m2 pods are designed to be attached to the side of a building or structure to provide a safe shelter and place to sleep for London’s homeless.

The timber-clad pods comprise of two frame sections which attach to the wall at two points.

The parasitic shelters, which are accessed via a ladder, are positioned high enough off the ground to provide clearance beneath for pedestrians walking along the pavements.

Each pod contains fold-away seating and a sleeping platform and Furzer hopes a homeless charity woud take over the management of them.  

Furzer -  an architectural technician at Spatial Design Architects – is hoping to raise £15,000 to build a prototype module through the crowdfunding site indiegogo.

He said: ‘This project intends to address the immediate affect of homelessness within our capital and eventually worldwide. The concept never once states that this will cure the homeless issue, and prevent homelessness altogether. I would like to think this could be one step forward in helping the homeless. Not curing it.’

‘The rough sleepers of London need somewhere safe to sleep for an evening. If actual rooms cannot be provided, then I feel a safe sheltered area needs to be supplied. The introduction of Metal Spikes across the streets of London acting as a deterrent to homeless in their ‘regular’ sleeping/resting areas I find disgusting and inhumane. It’s time we encourage a shift in the mind-set of the public towards the homeless.’

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