The Goodnight

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Team members
Delphine Vanhaelemeersch Liam Laenens
Shelter homeless easy comfort privacy portable helping sustainable

Short Description

The Goodnight is not a solution to the homeless problem, but a temporary emergency solution.

Detailed Description

It offers privacy, a soft/warm surface that is waterproof and can be rolled up as compactly as possible, into a portable whole. For and With homeless people we make life on the street more pleasant. The Goodnight consists of 3 parts, a mat, the tent and a sleeping bag, which can be attached to each other with Velcro. This makes it easy to pull each piece loose and wash it separately in the washing machine. These washing machines can be found in the homeless night and day centers.
From the homeless problem we started to get all kinds of ideas. Kortrijk and its boroughs alone have 1313 homeless people, of which 479 are children. And that's not to mention major cities such as Brussels, Antwerp or Ghent. The homeless problem is well known but is often omitted. We as designers do not always want to design for the affluent classes and chose this specific target group to create an impact.

Project Details

Does your design take social and cultural challenges and human wellbeing into consideration?

As mentioned earlier, it is a project with which we want to bring homeless people back into the activation system. For and with the homeless.

Does your design support sustainable production, embodying circular or regenerative design practices?

The shelter is made as much as possible from residual flow. An example of this is the undersheet that is made from an old van sail. After a homeless person no longer needs the shelter, he can bring it back. This can be completely washed and passed on to the next homeless person.

Does your design use principles of distribution and open source?

Currently we want to start locally. Once it is a success, it can be distributed to other countries. It can then be used not only for homeless people, but also for refugees. Even further into the future, it can be sold/rented at festivals.

Does your design promote awareness of responsible design and consumption?

In any case, this design promotes awareness. Awareness for the material, the homeless, residual flow,... Awareness in terms of use, we want to bring to the fore through the easy design. Comfortable yet subtle.