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This 'Emergency Floor' Is Going To Make Life Easier For Millions Of Refugees

Forbes | July 6, 2015 | by Federico Guerrini

Humanitarian innovation is something of a hot topic, in philanthropic circles. NGOs, governments, and other private and public institutions are trying to find new solutions to the growing number of emergencies taking place in our troubled world: in the last 10 years ± Read Article

Starting at the Ground Floor of Social Entrepreneurship

Huffington Post | July 9, 2015 | by Carrie Rich

Reading the news can be such a depressing state of affairs. So I appreciate any opportunity to add a positive spin, especially when entrepreneurship is involved. I was privileged to meet Scott Austin Key through a panel at Rice University spearheaded by ± Read Article

Modular Emergency Floor Helps Refugees Get Off the Ground

DesignBoom | June 17, 2015 | by Nick Brink

Last year, 38 million people became refugees due to conflict and natural disaster. The vast majority was left with no choice but to relocate to temporary camps and inadequate tent-like structures that barely protected them and their families from the elements. Often without flooring, camp conditions leave refugees susceptible to parasitic infections, flash flooding,  ± Read Article

Rice students, refugees, and revolutionary flooring

Houston Chronicle | July 7, 2015 | by Raj Mankad

Emergency Floor could improve life for the world's most desperate people. Last year, 38 million refugees fled conflict and natural disasters. Many live in camps where tent-like shelters provide little to no barrier to the dirt below, exposing them to parasitic infections, flooding, waterborne diseases, and freezing temperatures. ± Read Article

Emergency Floor: Help Refugees Worldwide "Get Off the Ground"

ArchDaily | June 25, 2015 | by Joey Jacobson

Millions of refugees across the globe, due to global conflict or natural phenomena, are forced to leave their homes and live in low-quality, temporary housing. The majority of these shelters lack a fundamental component of safety and well-being: floors.  ± Read Article

Houston Enterprise Tackles the Refugee Problem You Don’t Know Exists: Floors

Houstonia | July 10, 2015 | by Emma Hurt

Put a roof over their heads and food in their stomachs, so the idiom goes. But what about a floor under their feet? A little known problem for the currently 59.5 million displaced persons worldwide is just that: raised flooring. Most live on wet or frozen, often polluted, and generally uncomfortable ground for 12-17 years (the average stay of a refugee). ± Read Article

Emergency Floor Can Help Millions of Refugees With Simple Sheets of Plastic

Curbed | July 1, 2015 | by Patrick Sisson

By their very nature, refugee camps are improvisational, set up in haste to protect those fleeing political unrest, violence or natural disasters. And, as two architects discovered, in a shifting world of tents and temporary shelters, triaging and taking care of immediate problems often leads to a common oversight; proper flooring. Sleeping on cold ground or being stuck atop muddy earth can cause serious health problems for the world's refugees  ± Read Article

Seeking Refuge: One Organization is Transforming Emergency Shelter

Innovate Development | June 29, 2015 | by Sarah Anstett

With the expertise of the UNHCR and a partnership with Better Shelter in their back pockets, two graduates from Rice University are finalists vying for a $150,000 USAID grant that would allow them to realize their goal of raising the standard for long-term emergency shelters.  ± Read Article

Here's a Great Idea: Interlocking Mats Turn Shipping Pallets into Floors for Refugee Tents

Engineering for Change | March 17, 2015 | by Rob Goodier

You wouldn't know it if you haven't visited a refugee camp, but most of those white tents don't have floors. That goes even for the prefabricated houses. As a result, millions of people live out the most challenging years of their lives subjected to parasitic infections, waterborne ailments, and hypothermia in colder climates.  ± Read Article

Emergency Floor: Rice Graduates Raising Funds to Improve Refugee Camps

Cite | July 6, 2015 | by Raj Mankad

Last year, 38 million refugees fled conflict and natural disasters. Many live in camps where tent-like shelters provide little to no barrier to the dirt below, exposing them to parasitic infections, flooding, waterborne diseases, and freezing temperatures. “A floor under your feet is just as important as a roof over your head,” says Scott Key, who along with Sam Brisendine ± Read Article

Getting Refugees Off The Ground - Literally

How We Get To Next | July 1, 2015 | by Duncan Geere

In refugee camps around the world, no matter the location or weather, there is always one constant — mud. That’s why Scott Key and Sam Brisendine ± Read Article

Rice University Emergency Floor Project Flagged for Funding by the USAID Program

AZO Build | June 16, 2015

A project born at the Rice School of Architecture is about to enter the wider world in a big way. The Emergency Floor project initiated by Rice Building Workshop students has been flagged for funding by the federal government’s USAID program, which supports international efforts to end poverty and help refugees. The substantial grant will allow Emergency Floor ± Read Article

Emergency Floor Helps Refugees Ward Off Vermin and Diseases

PSFK | June 19, 2015 | by Jason Brick

Humanitarian project addresses the problem of flooring in post-disaster zones, something no agency has yet to do.

Emergency Floor is a low-cost flooring solution for families who have been affected by natural disasters. Regions struck by climate and conflict disasters frequently have populations forced to depend on camps for shelter. Sleeping directly on the ground exposes people to hypothermia, vermin and infectious diseases, while sleeping off the ground ± Read Article

Emergency Floor aims to give refugees protection from the ground

Digital Trends | June 27, 2015 | Steve Castle

Guess how many people need something as basic as a floor?

Last year, 38-million refugees fleeing conflict and natural disasters were forced from their homes, and many live in temporary camps where tent-like shelters provide little to no barrier between the families and the soil below, making them susceptible to parasitic infections, waterborne diseases, and hypothermia. ± Read Article