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Old 11-12-2009, 02:38 PM   #31
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I like the design ideas expressed in your pictures. Well done! But a few questions.
  1. Is there a floor inside the temporary housing unit, (THU)
  2. How do you enter and exit the THU
  3. What are the design parameters?
  4. How many people per THU?
  5. What is the projected or target cost?
  6. What environmental situation are encountered in its use? (temperature range, wind, ground conditions (i.e. water soaked, dry, moist),
  7. Where will THU be stored, in what conditions, by whom, to be delivered how?
  8. When will the THU be used and for what purpose? (sleeping, during the day for protection from the elements, ??)
  9. Who is backing the development of this project and for what purpose?
  10. What are the physical parameters? (size, weight, materials, strength, durability, etc)
  11. What are the aesthetic parameters?
  12. Will the THU be designed to be heated?
  13. Will the THU have other amenities such as a cardboard bed, cardboard shelving, cardboard seating, etc?
  14. Will the THU have a reflective exterior to reduce solar heat gain?
  15. Will provisions be made for sanitation?
  16. Will the THU be capable of having a cardboard water storage unit?
  17. Is there any consideration of a cardboard, plastic lined porta-potty?
  18. Is there any consideration to an LED based, battery with small solar panel for lighting?
  19. What are the design ideas around insulation?
This a a great topic. Thanks for bring it up for consideration.

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Old 11-17-2009, 09:51 AM   #32
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Sorry for the late response. I am actually working on two projects right now.

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Is there a floor inside the temporary housing unit, (THU)
Yes, an "origami" floor can be attached fron underneath that clips to the roof/walls

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How do you enter and exit the THU
I attached pics of the door in the previous pics, but can do so again.

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What are the design parameters?
1. Must be cheap
2. Must be transported easy
3. Must be environmentally friendly
4. Must have assembly instructions printed on it
5. Must be pre-assembled
6. (should) be water resistant
7. Must be sturdy enough to resist wind.

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How many people per THU?
4 in the bigger unit, 1 in the sinle unit, maybe 3 in the "tower-shaped' unit

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What is the projected or target cost?
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Who is backing the development of this project and for what purpose?
There may end up being 2 versions, one for hunters/backpackers, and one for disaster relief. The disaster relief tents can be free or donated either by the government or any company. Why would companies get involved in this? Because its cardboard- you could print advertizements on it so each company advertized has an incentive to buy a tent for a displaced victim

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What environmental situation are encountered in its use? (temperature range, wind, ground conditions (i.e. water soaked, dry, moist),
Probably wind and rain. That is what I'm working on right now. Most chemically treated cardboards are either flammable or not environmentally friendly.

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Where will THU be stored, in what conditions, by whom, to be delivered how?
It could be delivered either on the bed or a sheetrock truck or in a regular straight truck.

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When will the THU be used and for what purpose? (sleeping, during the day for protection from the elements, ??)
Either for disaster relief or for hunting/recreation. The entire tent can be folded in half as well.

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What are the physical parameters? (size, weight, materials, strength, durability, etc)
Thats what I'm working on, and an input model has to be built.

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What are the aesthetic parameters?
None other than the shape of the design. If advertizements were printed on it- that would add some aesthetics to it. It could also be painted with an eco-friendly paint.

There are many companies that make large sheets of cardboard, and others that make related products. Paperstone makes laminate countertops out of a paper substance. Its not cheap, but the price depends on how many advertizements are on it.

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Will the THU be designed to be heated?
No. At a higher manufacturing price, it could be insulated

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Will the THU have other amenities such as a cardboard bed, cardboard shelving, cardboard seating, etc?
The inside is not part of my design

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Will the THU have a reflective exterior to reduce solar heat gain?
It could.

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Will provisions be made for sanitation?
You can throw it away, bury it, or burn it. Is that what you mean?

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Will the THU be capable of having a cardboard water storage unit?
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Is there any consideration of a cardboard, plastic lined porta-potty?
Is there any consideration to an LED based, battery with small solar panel for lighting?
These are not part of the design; maybe they should be.

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What are the design ideas around insulation?
None at the moment; we'll have to see how the input model works out.

Thanks for the questions. They are necessary to think about to make the design work.

Here are the pics of the door for the single-unit tent. One could be placed in a similar position in the bigger tent. If you want to see a pic of where that would be, I can build another model of it.
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Old 11-17-2009, 05:16 PM   #33
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grommets and baling twine to hold the door shut? maybe a flapped window with screen? it still needs an attached floor though, IMHO.
other than that, i see nothing wrong with the idea as a very temporary shelter after a storm for a day or two.
always did like Origami......

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Old 11-26-2009, 07:10 PM   #34
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Thanks for all the replies. I've gotten a few ideas in the last few days- one is that Tyvek siding already being thrown away might make great covering for the cardboard tents. Its not biodegreadable, but would provide some use.
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There will be outfits in Pitt that make cardboard boxes. Some of these will have what they call a 'sample table'. This is a large steel table with a large cutter bar, similar to a paper cutter, and a variety of ways to layout and crease cardboard. We used to get custom boxes fabbed for shipping student work across the country. Very sturdy when built correctly. A company like that might be of some help.

We regularly use 5' x 8' and 4' x 6' sheets for models, mock ups, prototypes, etc. Double wall works well for holding a shape. I don't think we have ever used waxed, but it is available.

I think you can get board that has a PE skin, might be worth looking into as well.

Be careful with the creases-the more there are, and the more complex the shape, the less chance for success in the field. For the scenario you are looking at it needs to be really simple.

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