Hi Doug, our wiki now has this page: URGENT Cause

And I also have made this blog entry at the wiki and posted this message to our Yahoo discussion forum - I hope that creates a spike of new members, although our forum (900 members) has been a bit quiet recently.

Your invitation is well appreciated and I think your URGENT Cause is brilliant and I am going to join and bring in as many people as I can. You can see that, if you add Sola Roof DIY for greenhouse structures to the mix of shelter solutions for disaster relief, then we fuse into the built environment the power of plants and the breakthrough paradigm of Ecomimicry Architecture will emerge that will not only provide all the physical support and safety that is a standard requirement of the Built Environment but also generates life support by taking on the further challenge of use and capture of solar energy so that the URGENT solution will provide comfort in any climate, food, feed, water and energy on a continuous, sustainable basis. A Sola Roof component to the URGENT shelters is our transparent roof that actively controls living/growing space using low-energy processes to thereby utilize nearly 100% of the available sunlight - the visible, photosynthetic and thermal energy is utilized and captured in biomass and liquid thermal mass.

We can start with human shelter solutions and greenhouses but as the collaboration progress, I have the feeling that we will begin to see a fusion of living systems into living structures that we are exploring at our Eco Habitat Group at the Sola Roof Wiki.

Collaboration Is The Key and I encourage members of the Sola Roof community to join the URGENT Cause - following the links you provide below.

Thank you Doug for your work to bring self-help solutions to people in need - that is the key to rebuilding human dignity and it is a most important ingredient in disaster recovery.

- Sola Roof Guy

On Thu, Mar 17, 2011 at 8:40 PM, Douglas Leonardi wrote:


As far as a project to erect a short term prototypical structure, I am already a partner in the URGENT Shelter project. We are in the process of finalizing the component standards for the system now and are looking for donations to start building shelters as soon as April. We are operating under the non-profit umbrella of Architecture for Charity International, which gives us the reach to collect from anyone and build anywhere.

Having Sola Roof components in the mix would allow solariums and greenhouses like I showed in my last doc.

If either of you are interested in joining THAT effort I'd encourage and welcome your help. The more people behind this, the more shelters we can build and the more people we can house.



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