Obdachlosigkeit und einhergehende Problematiken mit besonderem Augenmerk auf die Situation während der Corona-Pandemie / COVID-19: major problems related to homelessness

Shelter: Lösungsansätze in Form einer mobilen Notunterkunft / Portable shelters as a possible mitigation measure

Luis Lennart Gerberding

Juli / July - 2021

Hochschule Hannover

Bachelor of Arts


Every day we encounter people who experience homelessness, either on the news or in person while walking through the streets of our cities. Many challenges lie in wait for the homeless, who, also in Germany, seem to live in a parallel society. They are visible for everyone and still not seen. "Shelter", as I named my product, is a portable emergency shelter which can be easily attached to every kind of backpack. It provides privacy and thus dignity, and it offers protection from rain, cold, wind, and the sun. At the same time, "Shelter" prevents theft as the owner's backpack, which often enough contains all personal belongings, serves as a prop to keep the shelter up. Moreover, it is designed to look like outdoor equipment in order to avoid discrimination. Since "Shelter" is made out of recycled tents and backpacks, the production is really cheap. "Shelter" offers the ideal temporary solution for people sleeping rough.