are the most fragile part of our homes

Depending on the climate, a broken window can render houses uninhabitable and push its residents into increased vulnerability, precarious health, displacement or homelessness. Every year, millions of people worldwide are driven into this vulnerability cycle for differing reasons. One of them is conflict.

The Instant Windows Project aims to intervene early on in the process by offering affected populations a simple and inexpensive replacement for their broken windows, restore their shelter and prevent a further slide into displacement and vulnerability.

Boarded Up Windows in Donetsk, Ukraine, 2016. Photograpyh by Dimitri Beliakov

Boarded Up Windows in Donetsk, Ukraine, 2016. Photograpyh by Dimitri Beliakov

Urban Warfare

The world is increasingly witnessing the catastrophic impact of armed conflict in urban areas with some 50 million people today bearing the brunt of the consequences. 

Conflict, terrorism and disasters have significant impact on the homes of people all over the world. Adequate and habitable shelter is both a basic condition for human life and a fundamental human right; its loss is an important driver of mass displacement from affected areas.

barriers to repair

Conflict simultaneously increases the risk of broken windows and renders their replacement more difficult. It not only damages windows, but creates barriers to repair: Markets are understocked, services disrupted and personal financial resources depleted.

Instant Windows does not aim to offer a complex and highly advanced gadget, but to focus on an inexpensive tool that is accessible and usable under such extraordinary circumstances.