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russell lester

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TEDBEDS, a quick easy to assemble shelter using existing supplies to provide disaster relief.

All across the USA in DOT storage lots are massive piles of steel poles square in cross section and having bolt holes every inch. Also here are signs printed on some well made and treated metal that rarely seems to rust even in salty areas. Near by are in every urban area huge supplies of pallets often being given away for free. With these basic pieces and some pvc piping and garden hoses it seems that a creative architect might make some sort of easy to assemble shelter that could be available to be shipped in large quantities from any part of the USA to places in need. Any takers?

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    Jan 11 2012: Architecture for Humanity (Cameron Sinclair) explores projects like this. My question is, if there's a disaster, infrastructure such as roads and machinery, electricity, and running water may not be available. It takes more than just a building to house people. Still, pallets as building materials is an interesting idea, especially if they are that much in abundance. In which case, we really don't need to wait for a large-scale disaster; there are lots of chronic crises we could apply this technology to, such as homelessness.
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      Jan 11 2012: Garden hoses and pvc pipe fittings under the pallets can deliver water, old satilite dishes lined with mylar make excellent solar mirrors for boiling water even cooking, the shelters could include shower versions toilet versions clinic storage and office units. look around your own area, you will certainly find a DOT facility that handles placing and replacing signs ... I always look for a huge pile of sand for my first clue but it snows here...
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      Jan 21 2012: Please consider looking at the work scott king has contributed
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        Jan 21 2012: Indeed, I've already looked and liked, and I am cheering this project on. I've also been handing out hand warmers, rain ponchos, and info-flyers about overflow shelters to those for whom disaster has already struck. The number of homeless grows daily.

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