Award for London architect who designed shelter pods for rough sleepers
- 29 Jul
A London architect has won an award for his ‘pods’ that would give shelter to homeless people.
James Furzer has designed small pods that could be attached to the side of buildings or structures to provide a safe place for people who are homeless to sleep at night, reports ITV News.
Mr Furzer has said that his inspiration came from the increasing number of metal spokes which are appearing in popular sleeping spots to prevent homeless people sleeping there.
His design won the top prize in the “Space for New Visions” competition.
Mr Furzer has said: “The concept never once states that this will cure the homeless issue, and prevent homelessness altogether. I would like to think this could be one step forward in helping the homeless. Not curing it.”
Jennifer Barnes, Head of Policy and Research at homeless charity Centrepoint said: “It's really encouraging to see talented people like James focussed on tackling the growing problem of rough sleeping in the capital. Anti-homeless spikes, which have concerned James and many others, are a short-sighted response which has added to the stigma of homelessness, and failed to address the root causes.”
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