Posts Tagged ‘refugees’

Another Country Turns to Prefab to Solve Housing Crisis

January 24th, 2017 Comments off

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A German designer is the latest to turn to prefab and modular to solve the nation’s housing crisis.

Architect and builder Werner Sobek of Aktivhaus has a new project underway in the town of Winnenden that looks to solve the problem of housing a lot of refugees in a hurry.

According to Treehugger, the development is designed to accommodate 200 asylum seekers, but is not the usual emergency housing, often made out of shipping containers. The Daily Business News recently covered Sweden’s effort to use shipping containers to solve their housing crisis. That story is linked here.

Instead, the high-quality 22 units are coated externally with a larch wood façade and are resource saving, recyclable, and free of emissions, delivered ready to assemble. Aktivhaus says that the units can be up and functional within a few weeks.


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And that’s welcome news, says Hartmut Holzwarth, Mayor of Winnenden. Not just for refugees, but overall.


Hartmut Holzwarth. Credit: Namefinder.

Even without refugee access, it is estimated that there will be a need for 40,000 additional apartments in Baden-Württemberg in the coming years. In addition, it is estimated that some 30,000 apartments will be required each year for the recognized asylum seekers and their families who have been rescued,” said Holzwarth.

The topic of refugee housing in Winnenden has been a hot button issue for critics, as it represents potentially separate, special accommodations for refugees of the Syrian war in special areas outside designated settlements.



Winnenden, in red. Credit: Google.

According to town officials, the plan is for units to be used as a “connecting accommodation” for Syrian civil war refugees for three years, then to take legal steps to convert the special area to a residential area.

Those plans are already being discussed. ##

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RC Williams, for Daily Business News, MHProNews.

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Manufactured Homes Provide Refuge for Displaced Flood Victims

October 2nd, 2013 Comments off

Updating a story we posted Sept. 26, 2013 regarding temporary manufactured housing for victims of the flooding in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in June, 2013, people with special needs or disabilities will begin moving in to the homes first. The work camp-like site is being established in the Great Plains Industrial Park in Calgary that will be home to 700, as informs MHProNews. While the official move-in date begins Oct. 15, the first residents will be arriving today, Oct. 2, 2013. 1,300 refugees have already been settled in other manufactured homes outside Calgary.

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Refugees Living in Manufactured Homes

September 26th, 2013 Comments off

Some 700 refugees displaced by the flooding in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in June of this year will be housed in manufactured home communities (MHCs) in the Great Plains neighborhood of Calgary, and may have to remain there through the winter. A longer- term neighborhood of manufactured homes will be sited closer to High River, just south of Calgary, which was the hardest hit town, according to As MHProNews has learned, 1,300 displaced people currently live in MHCs in Siksika and Saddlebrook near High River.

(Photo credit: Tory Ramsay/–Calgary flooded)

Private/Public Collaboration Issues Flatpack Modular Shelter

September 12th, 2013 Comments off

Swedish retailer Ikea has partnered with the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) to develop a shelter now being used in Syrian refugee camps. The modular flatpack shelters, constructed to house up to five people, are made of insulated plastic panels that snap into a metal frame. The units also have solar panels and USB ports for electricity, and a shading sheet that reflects heat during the day but traps warmth at night. Unlike tents, which last only about six months, these modular structures are built to last three years. As informs MHProNews, there are 3.5 million refugees around the globe living in tents and shelters, with the average stay in a camp of 12 years. 50 prototypes were sent to the camps in Syria. The Ikea Foundation has invested $4.8 million to develop the unit.

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Modular Homes House Syrian Refugees

June 24th, 2013 Comments off

A humanitarian solutions company for refugees of the Syrian conflict has built 1,000 modular homes, in addition to modular schools, hospitals and mosques on the border with Turkey. Modular and Mobile Solutions of Ras Al Khaimah, an emirate that is part of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) located on the east side of the Persian Gulf, says the two-room with a wash area homes are large enough for a family of six, while the schools can accommodate 1,600 students. As informs MHProNews, Ben Long, managing partner of Modular and Mobile, says, “We prepare the panels and ship them to the Syrian border. We managed to build our project in four months. It is like a piece of jigsaw. It’s pre-cut, slotted together and tightened.” The company intends to open an office in Dubai at the International Humanitarian City.

(Photo credit: Modular and Mobile Solutions–modular homes on the Syrian-Turkish border)