Zaha Hadid ARCHITECTS TENTS for the displaced population
Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) designed 27 tents To serve and support refugee and displaced communities in Syria, Turkey and Yemen. A joint venture partnership between the Education Above All (EAA) Foundation and ZHAnewly donated tents schools, clinics and emergency shelters. Weatherproof, modular structures are designed to be easily transported and reassembled, combining components that can be upcycled or recycled for sustainability.
“At Education Above All, we have a like-minded partner who is committed to investing in innovative design for the well-being of disadvantaged and vulnerable communities.” says Gerry Cruz, project architect for Zaha Hadid Architects. Together we have developed a robust, cost-effective and lightweight modular architectural system with fabric covering to build structures that can adapt to many variations to meet the conditions and lives of displaced children and children on the move. We hope these newly donated tents will bring safety, learning and play to thousands of people in Yemen, Syria and Turkey.’
ZHA tents for Education Above All Foundation in Turkey
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27 ZHA-EAA TENT SERVING AS SCHOOL, CLINIC AND SHELTER
More than 70 million people living as internally displaced or refugees, half of whom are under the age of 18 Education Above All (EAA) Foundation saw a critical need for appropriate infrastructure that could serve as classrooms, temporary housing and medical centers for displaced children and their families. That’s when the Foundation Zaha Hadid Architects to create a structure that provides safe, versatile and sustainable spaces for children to use for play, learning and development. The 27 tents will be donated to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Qatar Red Crescent by the EAA Foundation, the Delivery and Heritage High Committee, and its human and social heritage program, Generation Amazing. 15 tents, 10 of which will serve as schools and 5 as health centers, will be provided to IOM in Turkey and Yemen. In Syria, Qatar Red Crescent will take delivery of 12 structures that it will serve as shelters for displaced communities in Syria. Three of these tents are currently used as schools for hundreds of Pakistani and Syrian children displaced in Pakistan and Turkey, respectively.
The news, announced at a ZHA-EAA tent inside the FIFA Fan Festival in Doha, is part of the country’s efforts to ensure that the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 makes a lasting impact beyond the tournament. The ZHA-EAA tent, which hosted EAA’s ‘Score 4 Goals’ campaign at the FIFA Fan Festival, was visited by football fans throughout the FIFA World Cup. The campaign included art and immersive video exhibitions, discussions, games and events that raised awareness of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. “Each of us has a role to play in ensuring we achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030” said Fahad Al Sulaiti, CEO of Education Above All. “At EAA, we are committed to doing our part to achieve SDG 4, and we are taking action now to help countless children in Yemen, Turkey and Syria access quality and accessible education by donating these tents.”
three tents are already used as schools for hundreds of displaced Pakistani and Syrian children
weatherproof, modular structures are designed to be easily transported and reassembled