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Designing a better home for refugee children

09 July 2013

Refugee camp

Ikea is working in partnership with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the Refugee Housing Unit to design better houses to suit the conditions faced by refugees. The IKEA foundation has a commitment to helping refugee children, and the company was able to bring expertise to the project. IKEA was already using the same plastic material that was used in temporary refugee shelters and had expertise in logistics and flat packing.


For more information about IKEA’s approach to flat packing and about other flat pack products, go to:

Discussion starters

  • Brief development: Use this and other examples to understand the physical and functional attributes required for a refugee shelter and how these are reflected in the prototype shelter. (Level 4)
  • Technological modelling: Using the refugee shelter, the flat pack chair, and other examples, discuss how different possibilities can be explored through prototyping. (Level 4)
  • Characteristics of technology: Use this and other examples to explore the wide range of knowledge and skills from diverse disciplines that support technology. (Level 4)

Keywords: refugee camp, flat pack, characteristics of technology, technological modelling, brief development

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