In view of these social needs and once the technical shortcomings of current solutions had been identified and the 30 core criteria formulated, development of new solutions began in 2014.
There have been various pilot phases, including a specific one for Fedasil as an extension to its existing reception centre for refugee children in Steenokkerzeel. The fourth and final version was unveiled in June 2016. In the meantime DNOA is together with partners working on concrete projects for DRC Congo.
The Maggie Shelter was a temporary, fast-to-erect structure but one which offered all the benefits of a permanent building (robust, safe, insulated, sustainable, long lifespan, etc.). The structure has a double wall comprising aluminium and tarpaulin which can be filled in completely with whatever material is available locally, such as sand and insulation.
Aside from the context of humanitarian aid, there are potential applications for the shelter in other sectors, too, in which temporary, fast-to erect yet environmentally-friendly solutions are required for capacity building. DMOA has set up a broader platform, the Maggie Program, which is designed to identify social needs and then, via a consortium of engineers and architects (DMOA), academic institutions (KUL and CENTEXBEL), manufacturers (VERMAKO and VERVAEKE) and the authorities (Fedasil, IWT, FIT), try to come up with solutions for areas in which they are most urgently needed. Bringing together complementary expertise as the key to innovation.