Multifunctional Relief Container
UNICEF relief container proposed by Psychic Factory.
The effort to provide more effective deliveries of provisions after a natural disaster must consider the packaging itself, which typically contributes a significant amount of waste. South Korea-based Psychic Factory has proposed a reusable food and water container for UNICEF that is reminiscent of a LEGO brick. Each container may be donated with potable water, rice, or other necessary staple. Once the provisions are delivered and consumed onsite, the containers may be filled with sand and stacked—like life-size LEGO bricks–to create walls for new shelters.
This preliminary proposal raises questions that must be addressed in subsequent stages of development related to the type of polymer used, its load-supporting capability, weight, recyclability, protection from UV degradation, etc. Simple recommendations must also be provided regarding details for wall foundations, headers for openings, and roofing—without which the bricks won’t provide much use.
Nevertheless, this clever proposal demonstrates the extent to which the thoughtful reconsideration of packaging waste can generate provocative and pragmatic design ideas.