The global population in slums will continue to grow enormously due to rising populations and rapid urbanization. According to some estimates, this figure may grow to 2 billion by 2030.
Living conditions in these slums are really very poor. People live in overcrowded and inadequate housing; some of the housing isn’t fit for humans.
With the growing population, the need for affordable, sustainable, and humane housing is more pressing than ever.
To provide a solution for homelessness, BSB Design, a firm in the American Midwest, has come up with lightweight, small structures for slum dwellers that can be built in a day.
They have named it Abod Shelter. These highly affordable and durable structures are built on an arch frame with corrugated steel and fiberglass panels.
The Abod Shelter can be easily shipped in a single box. Four persons can easily assemble the entire structure in a single day using just two tools – a screwdriver and a stitching awl. The layouts of these structures can also be customized to add a kitchen, toilets, showers, windows, doors, closets, and walls.
The first Abod community was constructed in Johannesburg, South Africa. Additional projects are planned in Venezuela.