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Zaha Hadid Architects’ (ZHA) work with the Education Above All Foundation (EAA) to install 27 tents designed by ZHA as schools, clinics and emergency shelters for refugee and displaced communities in Syria, Turkey & Yemen is shortlisted for the AJ100 “Collaboration of the Year”

Last December, EAA (Education Above All), the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, and Generation Amazing Foundation, announced that 27 tents, designed by ZHA to serve and support displaced populations, will be donated to the International Organisation of Migration (IOM) and the Qatar Red Crescent, as part of the country’s efforts to ensure the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 has a lasting impact beyond the tournament.

Three ZHA-EAA tents are already in use as schools for hundreds of displaced Pakistani and Syrian children in Pakistan and Turkey, respectively. The further newly donated tents will be used as schools, clinics and temporary shelter for displaced communities in Syria, Turkey and Yemen. Fifteen tents will be given to IOM, of which 10 will serve as schools and five as health clinics in Turkey and Yemen. In Syria, Qatar Red Crescent will receive 12 structures that it will serve as shelters for displaced communities in Syria.

ZHA and EAA developed the tents as a robust, cost-effective and lightweight modular architectural system with fabric envelope that is weather-proof and allows for natural daylight. Easily moved and re-assembled, the tents also incorporate components that can be upcycled or recycled, making them ideal for displaced populations. With more than 70 million people displaced in their own countries or living as refugees, and half under the age of 18, EAA saw a critical need for suitable infrastructure that could serve as classrooms, temporary housing, and medical centres for displaced children and their families. That’s when EAA teamed up with ZHA in a joint venture to create a structure that offers safe, versatile and sustainable spaces for children to use for play, learning, and development.