Lead DesignerHakan Gürsu
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Prize(s)1st Place in Design for Society
Entry Description

Natural disasters displaced 22 million people in 2013, which was 3 times more than war. It is vital to support the housing of the victims through sturdy temporary shelters. Emerged as a solution, Tentative is a smart compact post disaster shelter. The simple yet innovative disaster shelter is made of fiberglass shells and a durable weather resistant textile which is quilted sewed and consists thermally insulated perlite in between. It uses a roof that helps in collecting water and providing lighting and ventilation. For the floor, thermal insulating recyclable composite decks are used and heat loss is prevented with the legs keeping tent floor high above the ground. The collapsible tent is flat packed for easy transportation and is suitable for a variety of climates. It provides enough space for two adults and two children.


HAKAN GURSU was born on 1959 in Istanbul. He graduated from Middle East Technical University as first rank student in 1987. He took his master’s degree from Department of Architecture in 1988. Gursu, continued his project studies at Japan in 1991 and completed his Ph.D studies in 1996. He worked as consultant on interior architecture and city planning in Moscow and Tokyo.
He contributed in the design of registered product design in the context of university and industry collaboration. Still he is going on his duites as an instructor in the Department of Industrial Design in METU and Designnobis.