• The Hexayurt Project – from sheds to sustainability

    by  • May 5, 2013 • Everything Else • 2 Comments

    I did a talk today on hexayurts and the wider sustainability picture at Electromagnetic Wave – a hacker conference in London. I was a bit off base (bronchitis? anyway, I felt pretty rough) but the talk turned out well.

    PDF of slides and .ogg video (100mb or much nicer 300mb HD)

    I got a few dots joined up that I had not before – talked about the cardboard-and-aluminium foil construction method which I haven’t discussed for years, and how it connects to the whole global sustainability more-with-less agenda. We really could house a planet that way.

    Also discussed a little about social capital, engineering and mortgages, tied together a few threads from the Meaning conference talk. It felt good to tie the pieces together.

    I need to do a big audience long-form talk sometime soon to tie all of this together in a fairly finished form. Any ideas on venues/platforms?

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    Vinay Gupta is a consultant on disaster relief and risk management.


    2 Responses to The Hexayurt Project – from sheds to sustainability

    1. Nick Raaum
      May 6, 2013 at 11:30 pm

      Vinay, Nice talk, but it cut out at the end for me when you were answering a question regarding agricultural efficiencies From what I heard it sounds like you’d agree with the idea that modern ag has basically outsourced the labor to fossil fuels and machines, and that more labor intensive, arguably sustainable versions can compete on a calorie per acre basis. That being the case do you have any ideas on work arounds to land access barriers which prevent more widespread adoption of labor intensive ag in the western world?

    2. May 7, 2013 at 10:10 pm

      Or, indeed, reclining bicycle monorail pods: http://shweeb.com/ (+ subsidised chauffeured tandem versions for the leg-impaired?)

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