Novel Textile-Based Solutions of Emergency Shelters: Case Studies and Field Tests of S(P)EEDKITS Project

Alessandra Zanelli, Andrea Campioli, Carol Monticelli, Salvatore Viscuso, Gianluca Giabardo

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The design of the first aid and reconstruction kits in major disaster scenarios highlights a new frontier for Technology of Architecture and Lightweight construction expertise, combining the traditional vocation of component design with innovative research on technical textiles. After an overview of S(P)EEDKITS—a project which received funding from the EU FP7—the essay focuses on research activities conducted by the ABC Department at Politecnico di Milano on the sustainable design applied to textile-based shelters. The essay also presents the results of two field tests conducted in Burkina Faso (2013–2014) and in Senegal (2015–on going), evaluating the environmental performances of shelters developed by the authors. The research was conducted in collaboration with International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Netherlands Red Cross, the Médecins sans Frontieres (Operational centre of Amsterdam),—Operational centre of Amsterdam, Sioen Industries NV, Ferrino SpA, and with researchers of Vrije Universiteit of Brussel and Eindhoven Technische Universiteit.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInnovative Models for Sustainable Development in Emerging African Countries
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-33323-2
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-33322-5
Publication statusPublished - 2020
MoE publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book


  • emergency
  • shelter design
  • packaging design
  • textile architecture
  • lightweight construction
  • product development
  • adaptability


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