Emergency Architecture Towards Temporary Educational Facilities for Children of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Northern Syria
- Dalia El Dardiry
- Feb 4, 2024
- City and Urban Resilience
Internal displacement, often triggered by conflict or natural disasters, has left millions worldwide seeking refuge in temporary settlements. These camps, while providing essential necessities, face design challenges in balancing longevity and the freedom of movement for displaced individuals. Prolonged displacement, particularly for children, raises concerns about educational continuity and social cohesion. This paper explores the concept of fast-deployable shelters for IDPs using recycled maritime containers. The research stems from the observation of a large number of refugee children in all age groups requiring adequate spaces for learning, working, and social interaction. Inspired by the work of the Molham volunteer team, which aids disaster-affected communities, the study aims to propose an affordable and sustainable solution for IDP housing and social spaces. The research employs a mixed-methods approach, combining analysis of case studies and qualitative feedback from IDPs in northern Syria. This approach enables comprehensive insights into the design requirements and social needs of IDPs. The paper proposes a prototype boarding school unit constructed from recycled shipping containers. This design offers several advantages: Fast deployment allows for rapid construction, minimizing disruption to education. Provide an environmentally friendly and cost-effective solution. The modular design allows for flexibility in layout and expansion, catering to varying needs and site conditions. The design incorporates communal spaces to foster social cohesion and promote a sense of normalcy among IDPs. The proposed prototype demonstrates the potential of recycled maritime containers to provide fast-deployable, sustainable, and socially inclusive shelters for IDPs, particularly children.