ZHA Designed Tents Donated by EAA to Serve Displaced Populations
Education Above All (EAA) Foundation, the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, and its human and social legacy programme, Generation Amazing Foundation, announced that 27 tents, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA), 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.
Tents designed by ZHA were being used at the ‘Scoring 4 the Goals’ campaign at the FIFA Fan Festival and was visited by football fans over the course of the FIFA World Cup and will now be donated to the IOM and QRC to serve displaced communities.
Three ZHA-EAA tents are already being used as schools for 100s of displaced Pakistani and Syrian children in Pakistan and Turkey, respectively. The newly donated structures 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.
The ZHA-EAA tents allow for natural daylight and are weather-proof, modular structures that can be easily moved and re-assembled, incorporating components that can also be upcycled or recycled for sustainability, thereby 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 the Foundation teamed up with Zaha Hadid Architects to create a structure that offers safe, versatile and sustainable spaces for children to use for play, learning, and development.
EAA Chairperson, Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, spoke of the potential of such an initiative during the campaign closing ceremony, saying that although placing a tent in a displaced community might seem like a small thing, “every one of the UN goals is interconnected: health, education, eradicating poverty. They are all part of ensuring a sustainable planet.”
Eng. Yasir Al Jamal, Director General, Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, said: “These vital structures will showcase the legacy of the first FIFA World Cup in our region. From day one, our goal has been to deliver a tournament that would benefit Qatar, the region and the world.
“This project highlights the power of the World Cup by helping vulnerable communities long after the final whistle and complements our already successful Generation Amazing Foundation, a football for development legacy initiative which has provided safe spaces and reconstructed football pitches for communities in need globally, positively impacting the lives of more than 1 million people over the past 10 years. We are proud that Generation Amazing will continue to inspire and serve communities through football well into the future.”
Zaha Hadid Architects’ Project Architect Gerry Cruz said, “We have a like-minded partner in Education Above All who is committed to investing in innovative design for the better good of disadvantaged and vulnerable communities. Together, we developed a robust, cost-effective, and lightweight modular architectural system with fabric envelope to build structures that can be adapted in many variations to meet the conditions and lives of displaced children and children on the move. We hope that these newly donated tents will bring safety, learning and play to thousands in Yemen, Syria and Turkey.”
Joint venture partnership: Education Above All Foundation with Zaha Hadid Architects
Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA)
Design: Zaha Hadid, Patrik Schumacher
ZHA Project Director: Charles Walker
ZHA Project Architect: Gerry Cruz
ZHA Project Associates: Shajay Bhooshan, Tariq Khayyat
ZHA Project Team: David Reeves, Ilya Pereyaslavtsev, Ramon Weber, Vladislav Bek Bulatov, Henry David Louth, Vishu Bhooshan, Li Chen, Ruxandra Matei
Contractor: Duol TR / Tensaform
Local Architect: Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy
Structural Engineer (Concept): Buro Happold
Fabricator (Concept): Architen Landrell
Local Consultant (Concept): Dar Al-Handasah