Friday, January 27, 2006

World Changing Ideas Award

(I found this on the Business 2.0 blog, and immediately loved the graphic):



Basically, they airlift these 500 pound bags into areas hit by disaster. The bags have just enough volume to take just enough water to wet up all the powdered cement inside. The concrete is in this mesh. Then, the bags are inflated such that they form the structure. Think of it as inflating a balloon and then casting it in concrete. Then, the shelters last about 10 years (5 times longer than the traditional tent shelters given to such uses). They'd cost about $2000 to make, mass produced.

But what a great graphic, eh?

The Saatchi & Saatchi World Changing Ideas Award article is here.

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