28 September 2007

Hexayurts and Other Cheap, Rapid Shelter

The Hexayurt is a clever idea for a quick, cheap, lightweight shelter. It can be seen as a part of an overall disaster relief program. Or it can be seen as a fun project, like these cardboard geodesic domes.

Other similar quick shelter ideas include the $500 all-season house and the Grancrete House. These quick houses have the potential to stand up to some fairly strong storms better than most fabric structures. In case of earthquake, they would do little damage to their inhabitants, unlike brick and earthen houses. Of course, if you want a house that is likely to survive most any disaster, build a monolithic dome.

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