Architect Turns Shopping Cart into Shelter for Homeless People

By Eleanor Goldberg
The Huffington Post, June 23, 2015

The concept pivots around the recycling of the proverbial shopping cart as core component, structure and transport. The shelter package is a foldout assembly of hinged panels that deploy to conform to varying instances of shelter. Courtesy of the American Institute of Architects

(Image: The concept pivots around the recycling of the proverbial shopping cart as core component, structure and transport. The shelter package is a foldout assembly of hinged panels that deploy to conform to varying instances of shelter. Courtesy of the American Institute of Architects)

Now here’s a wheel-y good solution.

While homelessness is on the decline in the U.S., a dearth in affordable housing and emergency shelter options often leaves those who are still without permanent shelter with no choice but to sleep on the streets. Recognizing the need to provide homeless people with some sort of protection, Buenos Aires architect Eduardo Lacroze fashioned a portable shelter built around a shopping cart and submitted his design to a competition seeking such solutions for people on the streets.

Lacroze’s innovation won the American Institute of Architect’s Small Project Award Program, which sought discreet and efficient shelters for homeless people. Read more…

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