Better living is about raising the quality of what is a home: free to choose who to share it with. Get in the good things as light and air. Keep out what is not wanted: rain, heat, cold. A place to organize your life in, with a family, with work, with neighbors and all this in comfort and in peace. World wide this is hard to get. It has priority to become available in a sustainable way.

Bench for sitting and working

High stool, also useful as work bench, light to carry, its manufacture with staples teaches how to make lightweight constructions.

Better Roofs

A roof construction should result in quality regarding all aspects of comfort as insulation against heat and cold, protect against fire, be durablility, offer cost in relation to local income and suitability for local manufacture

Butterfly chair

Butterfly chair, real sitting comfort, foldable, locally to be produced and made generally available. Should replace the commonly used replica of Western bourgeois seats.

Green Walls

Urban cultivating vegetables, flowers, fodder on trays that hang from the outside walls of one's house, Up to 8 m2 irrigated area automatically watered with waste water.

Kitchen unit for slum areas

Compact kitchen unit offers the usual kitchen functions, a comfortable working position, a facility for washing clothes and an insulated box to keep hot pans warm.

Plug box

A safe provision for electric wiring and plugsboxes, to compensate for lacking or faulty electric wiring. It can be taken along when moving to another location.


The here listed Demotech's design initiatives aim at more comfort and better living in the poorest quarters of urban areas.

Stool with storage space

For use in a cramped space these stools can be stacked on top of each other against the wall. They have storage space within its three panels and roll-off top.

Sustainable housing and living

Study on family size, standardized urban housing, built by its future users. Good use of sub-terrain and roof area. Innovative construction with clay and wood.

Table with storage space

Sturdy table, also for use as workbench, detachable, constructed without nails, with storage space accessible from the top, closed by a flexible cover.

Traveling chest

A sturdy, yet lightweight box to carry along vulnerable belongings as laptops and video equipment. Its lids offer easy access and also a comfortable seat.


Wall rack, creating storage area in conditions as found in urban slums, to be manufactured by people without need for tools and without cost for materials.

Waste Plastic Roof Tiles

Roof tiles that offer dubbel layer insolation from squized together plastic waste, produced with equipment affordable for people with lowest income.

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Authors Reinder van Tijen, design
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Language English (en)
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Created October 3, 2008 by Demotech
Modified April 16, 2024 by Kathy Nativi
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