Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Cities Go Green.com
Hexayurt, Progressive Building Solutions (PBS)
Sam Taber McNeil Silver Bullet
Far from his home in Reykjavik, Iceland, at the height of a desert storm in Nevada, Vinay Gupta had an epiphany. He was at the 2003 Burning Man arts festival, inside a six-sided structure he had invented and named the hexayurt.
“I was inside, and I knew I’d changed the world,” Gupta said. “We’re comfortable in here, while outside there’s a whiteout dust storm, it’s 110 degrees Fahrenheit, and this cost $100.”
Since then, Gupta has worked on transforming the hexayurt into an easily transported, cheap and sustainable shelter for refugees, rural villagers, disaster victims, and others.
"Take 12 sheets of standard industrial board material, cut six in half, tape or screw them together, and move in,” Gupta said. “Boom: there’s your global housing.”
... Gupta has made the design and other information freely available online (see Resources). Videos on his website and Progressive Building Solution’s website show construction with box cutters and industrial tape, and YouTube also has numerous hexayurt videos, some made by enthusiasts, most by Gupta or Zwern. www.citiesgogreen.com/component/content/article/45-the-tech-fix/183-hexayurt