• Archive for October, 2007

    World Toilet Organization conference in India

    by  • October 31, 2007 • Hexayurt • 0 Comments

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7070494.stm A World Toilet Summit has opened in the Indian capital, Delhi, with more than 40 countries taking part. The four-day meeting will examine solutions and technologies that can be used to provide a basic need for nearly half the world’s population. According to estimates, 2.6bn people around the world lack access to a hygienic [...]

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    Barnett on Acquisitions

    by  • October 31, 2007 • The Global Picture • 1 Comment

    http://www.thomaspmbarnett.com/weblog/2007/10/welcome_to_my_career.html To which I said: To really understand this, we need to run a war game. Two groups, one with the standard kit, the other with 25% of the budget spent on total acquisition of that kit, one year, and the ability to buy or contract for anything they can get delivered. I don’t think [...]

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    Buckminster Fuller Challenge Second Draft – ow my aching brain

    by  • October 29, 2007 • Hexayurt • 0 Comments

    Again, please send me all of your thoughts and feedback. We’ve got time to tweak yet! ==================== Challenge Response: The Hexayurt (http://hexayurt.com) is a practical global housing solution that has found champions in groups as diverse as the Amritanandamayi Ashram, the American Red Cross and the US Department of Defense. A $200 family home that [...]

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    Passive House energy efficiency standard

    by  • October 29, 2007 • The Global Picture • 1 Comment

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passive_house Passivhaus in German) refers to the rigorous, voluntary, Passivhaus standard for energy use in buildings. It results in ultra-low energy buildings that require little energy for space heating.[1] A similar standard, MINERGIE-P®, is used in Switzerland [2]. Despite the name, the standard is not confined only to houses. Several office buildings, schools, kindergartens and [...]

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    Buckminster Fuller Institute Prize Application

    by  • October 27, 2007 • Hexayurt • 2 Comments

    FIRST DRAFT PLEASE EMAIL ME YOUR COMMENTS AND SUGGESTIONS FOR IMPROVEMENTS It’s within 1% of the maximum length, but has a little bit of word-level slack that could be trimmed to get in an additional sentence. Larger scale cuts and re-arrangements are perfectly plausible also. ============================ Challenge Response: Our goal is to produce a proven [...]

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    Andy Buxton and the SleepBreeze Personal Cooler

    by  • October 24, 2007 • Hexayurt • 1 Comment

    Andy Buxton just wrote an article on shelter cooling and the rational for the SleepBreeze Personal Cooler on Appropedia. It’s a very useful piece of kit, and you should be able to buy one soon. I recommend subscribing to the BreezeBlog if you’re at all interested in product development, small business, manufacturing logistics, ergonomics, or [...]

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    TIDES – the skinny!

    by  • October 23, 2007 • Hexayurt • 0 Comments

    If you’ve been wondering how the TIDES Demonstration at National Defense University went, the TIDES Summary – 2.5 mb PDF – 35 pages is a good place to start. This is a first draft of the TIDES boards – we’re still missing some of the material on solar, and everything to do with satellite communications [...]

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