Design for Empowering Homeless
The Shelter Spaces project is seeking to design ultra-low cost, temporary shelter structures that
improve heat relief, security, and comfort for the rapidly growing unsheltered homeless
population in Tempe, Arizona.
Our team is working to modify an existing prefabricated shelter solution to be more appropriate
for the Arizona climate — especially with respect to heat resilience. This semester we are
incorporating passive cooling technologies and solar technologies into a conceptual design for a
small community of these temporary housing structures.
We are currently gathering background information on a variety of topics, establishing design
constraints, identifying potential design challenges, and developing partnerships with nonprofit
and for-profit organizations and with the City of Tempe.