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Thread: "Tent House" Concept Brainstorming

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    Zamboanga, a city in the Mindanao area of the Philippines, has been the warzone between militant Muslim groups and the national government. Lots of people have been forced to evacuate from their houses, with some even having their entire homes bombed.

    My marketing group in college is currently researching if it would be possible to create a "tent house" hybrid, that's easy to set up within a day? Something that's more durable than typical tent material that could withstand long bouts with rain as the country is tropical.

    Any comments, critiques and suggestions are very much welcome as we're currently in the brainstorming phase for a feasible product to create a business plan around.


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    I expect that cost will be your biggest obstacle.

    But what problem are you actually trying to address?
    What is wrong with the current tent design that a new tent design will fix?


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    Well we wanted to give these people a decent and quick startup movement to get back to their old lives. A tent with better quality than the market ones, something that's closer to a house as well, would fit this problem nicely given the cost constraints. Our theoretical work has allotted us with about $500,000 for the first year of operations.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zamboangaman View Post
    Well we wanted to give these people a decent and quick startup movement to get back to their old lives. A tent with better quality than the market ones, something that's closer to a house as well, would fit this problem nicely given the cost constraints. Our theoretical work has allotted us with about $500,000 for the first year of operations.
    I am still not understanding what problem you are trying to fix.
    But, I guess it's a hypothetical project, so maybe a problem isn't needed.

    Another problem: I expect you will find that refugee tents are already at their optimum cost / quality.
    If you improve the quality further, you will increase the cost.
    Any improvements you implement will need to be able to justify that cost increase.

    Ikea is trying out a new hut (made from recycled plastic and canvas) but they will cost $1000.
    Even if those huts were adopted by aid agencies, Ikea might have to contribute to the cost.

    Some links to the Ikea hut:
    A New Ingeniously Designed Shelter For Refugees--Made By Ikea | Co.Exist | ideas + impact
    http://inhabitat.com/ikeas-solar-pow...fugee-shelter4
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    I certainly think Panda's right about the cost issue being your biggest problem. Just for another idea though, how about a modular collapsible light weight frame that can be anchored to the ground and have attachable panels that can be made up on site from local materials of whatever is available, to keep costs down, and flat to fill the roof and wall sections. This would then be filled with inflatable modular house sections, to make it both water tight and cosy. It should all be fairly quick to erect, certainly inside a day, the most time required would be for building the panels.

    Inflatable House Ideas, for the inside:

    Inflatable House Has Traditional Form : TreeHugger
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    Quote Originally Posted by zamboangaman View Post
    My marketing group in college is currently researching if it would be possible to create a "tent house" hybrid, that's easy to set up within a day?
    The Hexayurt Project: Free Hardware housing for the world
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    Further on from that web-site, here's a list of some of the issues they are having to work out:

    Hexayurt research agenda - Appropedia: The sustainability wiki
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    Perhaps look at the some of these quick setting structures put up by the military. Wooden floor with a few partition walls, run power, erect a simple canvas tent, sprayed outside with rigid foam--all in a day of construction, is relatively energy efficient and last decades.
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    I think zamboangaman try to address the needs of their countrymen regarding what they've been suffering. On this.. We can be a Tent Maker by chance. To help them to rebuild the nation.
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