Sackfuls of shelter

Pierce, Julia
March 2005
Engineer (00137758);3/29/2005, Vol. 293 Issue 7671, p11
The article reports that aid workers and troops in war zones and areas devastated by natural disasters could soon be using portable shelters that are better insulated and more robust than tents. The Concrete Canvas, designed by industrial design engineering masters students William Crawford and Peter Brewin, is as durable as a prefabricated building but costs around a quarter of the price. The design won the New Business Challenge prize from imperial College, London and the Tanaka Business School. It can be assembled by an untrained person within 40 minutes and sets ready for use within 12 hours. Only water and air are required.


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