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The Hexayurt in Haiti

The Hexayurt in Haiti

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Published by Vinay Gupta
This document outlines the basic elements of the Hexayurt Shelter in general, and one specific configuration suitable for use in Haiti.

It is provided as a reference document for agencies to analyze, and sole responsibility for use of the hexayurt in the field lies with the group building or providing them.
This document outlines the basic elements of the Hexayurt Shelter in general, and one specific configuration suitable for use in Haiti.

It is provided as a reference document for agencies to analyze, and sole responsibility for use of the hexayurt in the field lies with the group building or providing them.

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Published by: Vinay Gupta on Feb 08, 2010
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2010/2/16-v1.2
The Hexayurt In Haiti?
Vinay Gupta - hexayurt project - hexayurt.com - hexayurt@gmail.com
Engineers Without Borders atPractical Action "Small Is..."
 
2010/2/16-v1.2
Structural elements
steel strapwooden blocksgorilla gluerebar ground stakes
 
2010/2/16-v1.2
The Hexayurt Project is an opensource volunteer effort to providesolutions for agencies providingshelter and other disaster relief anddevelopment services in crises.This document outlines the basicelements of the Hexayurt Shelter ingeneral, and one specificconfiguration suitable for use inHaiti.It is provided as a referencedocument for agencies to analyze,and sole responsibility for use of thehexayurt in the field lies with thegroup building or providing them.We are working with
Science for Humanity 
to provide a fullycredentialled set of engineeringlans in the near future.
Background
The hexayurt was invented by VinayGupta in 2002 in response to the
Sustainable Settlements
charrettehosted by the
Rocky MountainInstitute.
The charrette posited theneed for long life, durable shelterswhich could be transported withrefugee populations in the event of areturn to their original land. The ideawas to have a single shelter whichwas provided as emergency relief,but which could function in themedium term as development aid -helping people get back on their feetonce they went home.In particular, the limited lifespan of the tent in a disaster relief contextrequires new options. We hope youwill find the hexayurt useful.
Use Model
The hexayurt is not patented, andfew if any of the materials producedby the Hexayurt Project arecopyrighted. As far as possible wepublish directly into the publicdomain to enable institutions tomake full and free us of theresources we provide.We expect the primary use of thehexayurt to be made in substantialdisasters in areas close to industrialcities or ports. These areas make itpossible to bring in bulk materials,like plywood. Local constructioncompanies, or trained members of the general public would beexpected to do nearly all the shelterconstruction work. Costs could beas low as $100 per tent-comparableshelter.
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