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Shelter Schema: Rationalising Design Decisions in Shelter Projects

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In 2018, the IDMC documented 10.8m new displacements as a result of conflict and violence and a further 17.2m displaced as a result of natural disasters (IDMC, 2019). Predictions in the rate at which displacement will continue to occur are widely varied, but there is an overall consensus that, regardless of the rate, global displacement is rising. Shelter projects are an integral part of the response to displacement. However, there is a lack of understanding of the processes involved in shelter project design decisions, the point at which these decisions take place, and the motivations underlying these decisions. Although all shelter projects have some unique attributes, the similarities in the basic requirements of shelter projects (i.e. protection from the elements) suggest that there is a huge potential to learn from the collective assessment of shelter projects. In particular, an assessment of the processes which contribute to the design of these projects, the decisions made within these processes, and the priorities of the varying stakeholders in making those decisions.

This talk is part of the Engineering Structures Seminar Series series.

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