Target: Abeer Seikaly
Goal: Applaud architect for designing tents that improve living conditions for refugees and are also energy efficient
Over the years, wars have not only manipulated our world’s physical landscape, but have put millions of people out of their homes as well. Usually when beginning their new nomadic lifestyle, refugees have very little room to bring along familiarity.
Award winning architect Abeer Seikaly wanted to change that. With her design project “Weaving a Home,” Seikaly sought to create tents that were not only energy and weather efficient, but also provided residents with some of the conveniences a modern house would provide, like heat and electricity.
According to an article about the project in Inhabitat, Seikaly drew her inspiration from techniques of basket weavers. Seikaly uses weatherproof fabric to make the tents durable and sturdy in all conditions the residents may find themselves in. Each tent has piping for water and electricity, and the electricity and heat comes from solar power. Each tent also has its own water collection system that can be used for showering or cooking.
On Seikaly’s website, her goal is to make refugees feel as if they have reclaimed a piece of home in the chaotic landscapes in which they inhabit. By catering to the basic human right of warmth and shelter, as well as her mindfulness about our war-torn landscapes’ health, Seikaly deserves recognition and promotion. Help us thank her by signing the petition below.
Dear Ms. Seikaly,
This letter is being written to commend you for your innovative “Weaving a Home” project. Your design will not only help countless people feel at home again, but also will help lessen the burden that has been placed upon the environment by our species.
By designing the tents with comfort and sustainability in mind, you have given the world a strong example of what compromising with the environment can look like. Many people feel as if they will have to give up modern comforts to “go green” and your design shows that having a comfortable and sustainable home is possible.
Keep up the good work.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Droodkin via Wikimedia Commons