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.
The hexayurt was invented by VinayGupta in 2002 in response to the
charrettehosted by the
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.
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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