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RCA students create wearable refugee shelter

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Students at the Royal College of Art (RCA) have designed a shelter for refugees which converts from a jacket to a tent

The wearable shelter was created by students on the RCA’s interior design course led by architect Harriet Harriss.

The jacket, which has large storage pockets for passports and other documents, converts into a sleeping back and a tent structure.

The project was a response to the Syrian refugee crisis and it will be made into a prototype while the students are also seeking funding through Kickstarter to develop and mass produce the shelter.

The students are aiming to work with UK refugee agencies to continue to develop the design ready for it to be used in the summer.

Harriet Harriss, commented: ‘Art and design education is often misunderstood to be frivolous and self­indulgent or focussed upon designing for a cultural elite. What this project demonstrates is the keenness of students to use their design talent to make a difference where it matters. The Syrian refugee crisis is a humanitarian crisis that needs as many spirited acts of compassion as possible to help address the problem. Our students are determined to see their inventiveness form part of the solution.’

Head of interior design, Graeme Brooker, added: ‘The wearable shelter will not solve this crisis but in a small way it may provide some help but also act as a catalyst for more assistance in this tragic situation.’

Refugee shelter by RCA students

Refugee shelter by RCA students

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