GENERATOR REDESIGN

Studio Project | University of Cincinnati

Focus | Sustainability, Materiality

How can a need for lighting strengthen refugee communities?

Globally, there are an estimated 79.5 million refugees.

On average a refugee will spend 4 years in a camp. 

So why are they designed to disappear?

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No refugee camp is exactly alike.

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Minimal infrastructure

My target

Advanced infrastructure

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“Before the lights, Gender-Based Violence was rampant… Solar lights help reduce GBV at water points… perpetrators feel ashamed. They fear to be exposed.”

RESEARCH 

Safety and lighting

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Lighting in refugee camps means . . .

HAVE

NEED

Bored children

Electricity

Play

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A merry-go-round is the perfect play-based generator.

How could it be built in Bidi Bidi using local sustainable materials and no power tools?

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MATERIALS 

Bamboo is incredibly strong, and can be cut and fastened with basic tools. It also grows naturally in Uganda.

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PROCESS

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KIT

STEPS

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PLAN

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