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2013-02-26 09:00:02 PM  
Looks like a stronger tornado magnet than a trailer house.
 
2013-02-26 09:03:16 PM  
So what, it's a rigid tent.

Sell it as such and you'll sell more.  Make it easier to move by adding an axle, a trailer hitch and lighting so you can pull with a vehicle, and they will sell even easier.

Oh, never mind, just get a pop-up trailer.
 
2013-02-26 09:24:04 PM  
At Burning Man a decade ago there was a guy who built geodesic domes out of triangular cardboard beams coated with plastic.  They assembled with nothing more than a hot melt glue gun,and stood up to 70 mph winds.  The beams could also be filled with fiberglass to make it an insulated 4-season home.  He said he was trying to market the concept to the Red Cross for emergency shelters.  Wonder what happened to him?
 
2013-02-26 09:25:28 PM  
Probably has indecipherable assembly instructions
i55.tinypic.com
And missing fasteners
 
Pud
2013-02-26 09:40:36 PM  
3 Words ....

t2.gstatic.com

Recycled shipping crates.

/Not as good as home but better than a reinforced tent or trailer built by the lowest bidder.
//I guess the lowest bidder could build any of these. But then, if it comes down to how much, and which would you prefer if you actually needed one.
 
2013-02-26 09:50:20 PM  
They're also easily stackable to save land space and you could probably put them off shore on a barge to ship inconvenient refugees off to other places; or just dump them at sea.
 
2013-02-26 10:00:51 PM  

Pud: 3 Words ....

[t2.gstatic.com image 276x183]

Recycled shipping crates.

/Not as good as home but better than a reinforced tent or trailer built by the lowest bidder.
//I guess the lowest bidder could build any of these. But then, if it comes down to how much, and which would you prefer if you actually needed one.


We were looking to use these for a project in Ethiopia. HOT when the sun shines on it.
Do they dissemble for easy (flat) transport?
 
2013-02-26 10:09:38 PM  

lethological_lassie: Pud: 3 Words ....

[t2.gstatic.com image 276x183]

Recycled shipping crates.

/Not as good as home but better than a reinforced tent or trailer built by the lowest bidder.
//I guess the lowest bidder could build any of these. But then, if it comes down to how much, and which would you prefer if you actually needed one.

We were looking to use these for a project in Ethiopia. HOT when the sun shines on it.
Do they dissemble for easy (flat) transport?


I lol'd
 
2013-02-26 10:11:39 PM  

lethological_lassie: Pud: 3 Words ....

[t2.gstatic.com image 276x183]

Recycled shipping crates.

/Not as good as home but better than a reinforced tent or trailer built by the lowest bidder.
//I guess the lowest bidder could build any of these. But then, if it comes down to how much, and which would you prefer if you actually needed one.

We were looking to use these for a project in Ethiopia. HOT when the sun shines on it.
Do they dissemble for easy (flat) transport?


Simple answer there would be sun shields: flat metal sheets painted white and mounted on C brackets 3-4 inches high

/used them on hot-region pumping stations
 
2013-02-26 10:53:31 PM  

Pud: 3 Words ....

[t2.gstatic.com image 276x183]

Recycled shipping crates.


travel.spotcoolstuff.com

/Once you start with the recycling one-upsmanship, it always ends in missile silos
 
2013-02-26 11:19:27 PM  
What?

Ethiopians can be disassembled for easy (flat) transportation?

I think I misunderstood.
 
2013-02-26 11:21:37 PM  

I_Am_Weasel: What?

Ethiopians can be disassembled for easy (flat) transportation?

I think I misunderstood.


But at least your comment was more amusing than mine :)
 
2013-02-27 12:35:29 AM  
I want one of these....

1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-02-27 12:36:17 AM  
25.media.tumblr.com

Just add water.
 
2013-02-27 12:59:55 AM  

lethological_lassie: Pud: 3 Words ....

[t2.gstatic.com image 276x183]

Recycled shipping crates.

/Not as good as home but better than a reinforced tent or trailer built by the lowest bidder.
//I guess the lowest bidder could build any of these. But then, if it comes down to how much, and which would you prefer if you actually needed one.

We were looking to use these for a project in Ethiopia. HOT when the sun shines on it.



Spray-on insulation (interior) Rented one as a storage unit in Phoenix- surprisingly cool inside in 115 degree weather.


Do they dissemble for easy (flat) transport?


No, but you can back them full of other shiat that needs to be transported.

Versatile.

/Problem is they're short, and I'm not
 
2013-02-27 01:00:33 AM  

Amos Quito: No, but you can PACK them full of other shiat that needs to be transported.


FTFM
 
2013-02-27 01:06:30 AM  
Eureka did it!
 
2013-02-27 01:19:35 AM  
years ago i thought about designing a geodesic design that auto-inflated and then reinforced itself with expanding foam.

wonder if the idea is still viable...
 
2013-02-27 01:30:16 AM  

buttery_shame_cave: years ago i thought about designing a geodesic design that auto-inflated and then reinforced itself with expanding foam.


These guys have done something similar, an inflatable structure made of concrete-reinforced fabric. Just add water.
 
2013-02-27 02:15:18 AM  
If they aren't FEMA DEATH CAMPS they haven't done anything useful
 
2013-02-27 02:35:39 AM  
Triumph: That plane house is cool!

/fancy
 
2013-02-27 03:12:47 AM  

slackananda: Triumph: That plane house is cool!

/fancy


You can stay there. In the fall it's only $250/night, which ain't bad for hideaway oceanfront.
 
2013-02-27 03:18:45 AM  
OK, but will they be available with formaldehyde?
 
2013-02-27 03:59:54 AM  

Magorn: At Burning Man a decade ago there was a guy who built geodesic domes out of triangular cardboard beams coated with plastic.  They assembled with nothing more than a hot melt glue gun,and stood up to 70 mph winds.  The beams could also be filled with fiberglass to make it an insulated 4-season home.  He said he was trying to market the concept to the Red Cross for emergency shelters.  Wonder what happened to him?


Does the Red Cross do a lot of setting up of large numbers of emergency shelters?  They're a non-profit and have comparatively little money to spend on things like that.  I think they usually find it more cost effective and convenient to simply set up shop in space that other organizations donate (high schools, convention centers, churches, etc) when it is warranted, or to simply send volunteers to help other organizations, not purchase huge numbers of temporary shelters to deploy for people.  I think Mr. Burning Man was maybe barking up the wrong tree.

Not that it sounds like a bad idea; it sounds cool and he might've had better luck pitching to FEMA.  But then again there are a multitude of concerns that such a shelter would have to address that we might not necessarily think of immediately.  How many could he produce?  How well do they last in storage?  How well do they survive transport en masse?  How time consuming is the set-up?  Can they be taken down and re-used?  It sounds like, if they're being glued together, that you might not be able to disassemble them, in which case you'd have thousands of erected shelters taking up space that you'd need to dispose of and recycle when you're done with the sort of giant disasters that FEMA deals with.

Once again, a decent idea but the devil is in the details.
 
2013-02-27 06:21:35 AM  
instant house that takes a half an hour to build? come back to me when it is instant like this:

images1.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2013-02-27 07:19:17 AM  
My instant house is a cave.

/somebody put the bear out for the night.
 
2013-02-27 07:23:11 AM  

Gawdzila: Magorn: At Burning Man a decade ago there was a guy who built geodesic domes out of triangular cardboard beams coated with plastic.  They assembled with nothing more than a hot melt glue gun,and stood up to 70 mph winds.  The beams could also be filled with fiberglass to make it an insulated 4-season home.  He said he was trying to market the concept to the Red Cross for emergency shelters.  Wonder what happened to him?

Does the Red Cross do a lot of setting up of large numbers of emergency shelters?  They're a non-profit and have comparatively little money to spend on things like that.  I think they usually find it more cost effective and convenient to simply set up shop in space that other organizations donate (high schools, convention centers, churches, etc) when it is warranted, or to simply send volunteers to help other organizations, not purchase huge numbers of temporary shelters to deploy for people.  I think Mr. Burning Man was maybe barking up the wrong tree.

Not that it sounds like a bad idea; it sounds cool and he might've had better luck pitching to FEMA.  But then again there are a multitude of concerns that such a shelter would have to address that we might not necessarily think of immediately.  How many could he produce?  How well do they last in storage?  How well do they survive transport en masse?  How time consuming is the set-up?  Can they be taken down and re-used?  It sounds like, if they're being glued together, that you might not be able to disassemble them, in which case you'd have thousands of erected shelters taking up space that you'd need to dispose of and recycle when you're done with the sort of giant disasters that FEMA deals with.

Once again, a decent idea but the devil is in the details.


Disposal won't be a problem.  They'll do that naturally.  Plastic coated cardboard is a good description of a "wick".  They'll burn nicely.  Probably, at inopportune times.

My guess, he got high and forgot about the concept.
 
2013-02-27 07:56:00 AM  

Mogani: instant house that takes a half an hour to build? come back to me when it is instant like this:

[images1.wikia.nocookie.net image 320x240]


Let me know what else I can do for you.

www.intershelter.com

http://www.intershelter.com/
 
2013-02-27 10:00:31 AM  
So, is this one of those concrete impregnated clothes or some other material? Sure would have been nice to know WTF this thing was made of.
 
2013-02-27 10:01:12 AM  

Magorn: At Burning Man a decade ago there was a guy who built geodesic domes out of triangular cardboard beams coated with plastic.  They assembled with nothing more than a hot melt glue gun,and stood up to 70 mph winds.  The beams could also be filled with fiberglass to make it an insulated 4-season home.  He said he was trying to market the concept to the Red Cross for emergency shelters.  Wonder what happened to him?


Didn't have enough money to pay the bribes.
 
2013-02-27 10:53:58 AM  
Git us some barrels and plywood - we gonna have a new houseboat!
 
2013-02-27 12:08:32 PM  

Ivo Shandor: buttery_shame_cave: years ago i thought about designing a geodesic design that auto-inflated and then reinforced itself with expanding foam.

These guys have done something similar, an inflatable structure made of concrete-reinforced fabric. Just add water.


...bloody CLEVER.

wonder where i can get a handful of those to use as the foundation for the cache on the hunting parcel?

/gonna build the cabin but it's not a proper modern mountain-man getaway without some bunkers on the property...
 
2013-02-27 01:33:55 PM  

Magorn: At Burning Man a decade ago there was a guy who built geodesic domes out of triangular cardboard beams coated with plastic.  They assembled with nothing more than a hot melt glue gun,and stood up to 70 mph winds.  The beams could also be filled with fiberglass to make it an insulated 4-season home.  He said he was trying to market the concept to the Red Cross for emergency shelters.  Wonder what happened to him?


IDK, but the hexayurt is still around
 
2013-02-27 08:09:13 PM  

jafiwam: Disposal won't be a problem. They'll do that naturally. Plastic coated cardboard is a good description of a "wick". They'll burn nicely. Probably, at inopportune times.


Oooh, good point.  And burning plastic isn't very carbon-friendly.
 
2013-02-28 01:28:20 PM  

Gawdzila: jafiwam: Disposal won't be a problem. They'll do that naturally. Plastic coated cardboard is a good description of a "wick". They'll burn nicely. Probably, at inopportune times.

Oooh, good point.  And burning plastic isn't very carbon-friendly.


nevermind the cardboard, which there is prolly 10x more of, in the structure.
 
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