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Instant Windows is a project at the intersection of humanitarian aid and design.
After realizing how a broken window can affect the lives of people living in crisis areas, co-founders Wendelin Federer and Reto Togni imagined a cheap, universal, transparent insulation off the roll. They have produced a first prototype that met considerable interest in the humanitarian world, Heinrich Nolte joined the team to strengthen the business feasibility of the project.
Instant Windows uses a patent pending, translucent double-layer plastic sheet which provides both daylight as well as insulation against the elements. Instant Windows is easy to fold, store, ship and self explanatory to install and adapt to any window size by simply cutting it with a pair of scissors. The driving force in the development process was iterative testing in both real-life as well as lab-like environments to ensure the product’s technical validity and its suitability for the given context.
Instant Windows offers an alternative for conflict zones inhabitants to repair efficiently their windows and improve their basic living conditions under dreadful circumstances.
Instant Windows Project has been supported by Global Humanitarian Lab and InnovationRCA (Royal College of Arts)