Uber Shelter
September 30, 2008

Uber Shelter

Uber Shelter is an amazing concept for a portable housing unit that would help people in meeting their immediate shelter requirements created by disastrous events.

This great concept is designed by Rafael Smith. This shelter can be very quickly transported and reassembled with just few necessary tools and offer victims with individual living space. The best thing about Uber shelter is that it is made from recyclable and reusable materials. Around two to three personal rooms can be created in this shelter. I believe these types of concepts are very useful for unpredictable disasters.

Text from designer: ?My goal is to create more than an emergency shelter. This project is a shelter solution that meets the needs of emergency response but also provides victims with a more personal place to live; a base unit that can serve as a very basic shelter but also have the capabilities to upgrade and implement modern infrastructure.

This shelter is also stackable. Many alternative housing solutions deal with small scale but can’t cope with large scale displaced populations. There are 5 points that have been the focus during the design of this shelter. The shelter must be:

  1. Easily transportable, collapsible and able to be shipped flat.?
  2. Built of recyclable materials and have the ability to be reused.?
  3. Easy to erect and assembled with few or no tools.?
  4. Amenable to infrastructure?can be used as a basic structure, but have the capabilities to upgrade and implement modern conveniences.?
  5. Stackable

Über is shipped flat to allow for transport via air sea and land. All components that create the modular living unit are stored inside the shelter in its collapsed position during transport. It is then taken apart and assembled on location. When it is no longer needed, it can be dismantled, packed flat again, and moved to the next disaster area. The aim has been to design a shelter that is compatible with the current system used in refugee camps and emergencies by organizations such as the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees).

Every camp is different since every situation is different. In some cases proper design of a camp is not possible because refugees have already settled on a site. Uber has been designed to adapt to different situations, terrains, and climates. Camp needs are addressed in phases. Phase one is to meet the basic needs of the people, providing them with the bare essentials.

When the camp is ready for phase two, a separate upgrade package is shipped and added into the shelters units to provide conveniences (electricity for light, compact stove and refrigerator).

If you enjoyed this post, subscribe to our feed

Join Our eMail List and download the Tiny House Directory

Simply enter your name and email below to learn more about tiny houses and stay up to date with the movement.

Click Here to Leave a Comment Below

Carey Huffman - October 8, 2008 Reply

Does anyone know what the unit cost of this is?

    hclips - November 10, 2019 Reply

    Great invention of such emergency shelters. I really like that. Since I am from Disaster Management and Securities 40 this thing has contributed to my knowledge.

Kent - October 8, 2008 Reply

Hi Carey – I believe that this is just a concept at this time. I will do some more research and see if I can find anything more about it.

Kit Homes - October 25, 2008 Reply

That is a cool concept.would be huge here in the mines in australia.

Firelight - July 24, 2009 Reply

This would be great at Burning Man!

Packs down nice for easy transport, and can be used year after year.

Gives a good view from the top floor and is run on renewable energy.

I want one or two!

GEOFFREY FULTON - October 23, 2009 Reply

great industrial design and cad imaging. Not ideal for mining towns in Australia!

The Uber Shelter… « SpeaktoRobster :: the blog - January 24, 2010 Reply

[…] from designer: ?My goal is to create more than an emergency shelter. This project is a shelter solution that meets the needs of emergency response but also provides victims with a […]

James - April 7, 2010 Reply

Here is a shelter that packs flat, is portable, and self-sufficient. Would be great at Burning Man as well as the mines in Australia. It is hard walled and sets up in about 1 hour. Includes electrical system with solar panels, lights, battery, smoke & CO2 alarms, ventilation fan, floor, window and locking door.

Great technology and a comfortable shelter – Flexayurt from HOMErgent.

Taylor - April 16, 2010 Reply

Love this Kent…let us know the price when you get it.

xOCEANx - February 1, 2011 Reply

Does anyone know of something like this that could be used as an alternative for living in a dorm at college? My dad bought a prebuilt home (like the ones u see for sale on the side of the highway that have to be transported by an eighteen wheeler) and had it placed on campus when he went to college. I was hoping to do the same and this looks like a great concept.

Uber Driver Forum - December 21, 2014 Reply

Thanks for sharing your thoughts about lyft forum. Regards

Leave a Reply:

Get the Tiny House Directory... join our weekly newsletter