Made out of recycled cardboard, Emergency Refugee Sanitation (ERS) was inspired by Shigeru Ban who has been instrumental in using paper as a revolutionary, new and sustainable building material. Working to understand the mental as well as physical requirements of displaced families, we conducted detailed interviews and surveys. On gathering and processing all necessary information, we came up with a simple and easily deployable sanitation solution for refugees and displaced people, in the form of the ERS. We are currently working on refining the design to get to a final prototype.
ERS was designed to be a simple and completely unobtrusive solution to families and individuals who are displaced due to natural calamities or war. Utilizing cardboard, a sustainable material which can be extremely strong when engineered well, we used our experience and knowledge in planning and designing around a complete eco-concept.
The design team at Artifact thought of every aspect of the ERS pods from the point of manufacturing, transport, deployment all the way to setting up and usage with biodegradable solutions for waste disposal factored in. The compact build plan is ideal for packaging and rapid deployment via air, water or land. The walls of the pods are cross-folded like an accordion’s bellow which can be expanded and set over a hole dug in the ground. The zippered entrance allows for space consumption while contributing to the compact nature of the unit. The team thoughtfully planned the space use inside each pod of the ERS and made all basic necessities available keeping the requirements of the users and the pods’ ecological effects in mind.