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Ragnhild Lübbert Terpling Urban Sleeper

The Terpling Urban Sleeper is one of the only fully folding, free standing, self-contained designs currently in existence.

Its convenient design allows for the unit to be packed up within a matter of seconds if required.

The structural poles for the design are built in and none-removable but I can’t help but feel that there would be more structural integrity if the poles were angled and met at the top of the frame.

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Freestanding
  • Large front opening
  • No assembly required
  • Contained structural elements
  • Fully Waterproof
  • Design allows for excess water to drip off naturally. Plenty of ventilation will prevent mildew forming.

Cons

  • Due to folding design it’s harder to build in a roll mat
  • Limited visibility top and behind
  • Lack of ventilation
  • Hot in summer
  • Could collapse (domino effect) under high winds/rain
  • Not kept taught length ways
  • No mosquito nets

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ZO-loft Wheelly

The Zo-loft Wheelly is Zo-loft architecture and design‘s attempt at developing a portable homeless shelter.

Whilst the Zo-loft is an interesting design concept I think it is lacking severely in terms of practicality. It’s far too big, heavy and expensive to manufacture to realistically think that it would be suitable as a homeless shelter. It seems like the designers were not concerned about the practicality of their design.

Along with many other issues I personally have with the shelter, the shape of it doesn’t make sense to me.

Interesting to look at but negative issues far outweigh any positive points I’m afraid.

Pros

  • Durable when in transit
  • Multiple layout options
  • Made from recycled materials
  • Lots of storage space
  • Weather proof whilst in transit

Cons

  • Excessively BIG & Heavy
  • Not discrete
  • Awkward to push around
  • No built in roll-mat or protection from the ground
  • Poor ventilation
  • Not waterproof on bottom
  • Awkward design is not space efficient
  • Unstable in wind
  • Heavy
  • Poor visibility
  • Expensive to manufacture
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