Brittany Wong

In the wake of a disaster, supplying shelter to the displaced is crucial. Taking its aesthetic cues from a tent (albeit a forward-thinking, futuristic one), the unfolding disaster relief shelters of German interior design firm Form-Al combine speedy humanitarianism with smart design. The flat-pack shelter, recently unveiled at the DMY International Design Festival Berlin, is made of light composite panels that come in small dimensions for compact building in the event of a disaster.

Treehugger, off a tip from Designboom, has more on the instant shelters, which impressively expand from about 80 to180 square feet when unfolded.

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