Design Solves Problems
Architecture & Interiors
The Problem: housing the homeless. Unfortunately there is not the political will to solve this persistent problem, so those who are homeless often live in makeshift shelters. Most of these shelters are little more than a collection cardboard and plastic refuse held together by electrical tape and ropes. These shelter, which are more like rustic tents, must be taken apart and rebuilt each time a homeless person is forced to move. Homelessness is a nomadic existence.
This is where design fills the gap where traditional institutions fail to meet an urgent need.
The Solution: The Wheely. A mobile homeless shelter made of recycled, but extremely durable and water resistant materials that is easily transportable by a one person. The Wheely, as it name suggests, is a shelter that rolls. A kickstand stabilizes it in place wherever it is parked. The tent membrane unfolds from inside the wheel.
Designer: Zo-Loft Architecture and Design