Competition Details

b. "an inflatable stucture, without the hot air"

by Ben Arent

"b." is a design for an emergency shelter concept that is expandable and modular. The aluminum extruded frame is supported by ETFE wall, composed of a fluorocarbon-based polymer. The walls expand to the shape of the exoskeleton to create a completely rigid structure.

These walls are interchangeable and can be replaced by doors, or removed to add more “b.”S to create a mega structure.

Along with its use as an emergency shelter, sleeping up to 14 people in the 12ft long floor. “b” will be useful for supporting modern businesses in a disaster zone. A Mega structure could be erected in car parking lots of earthquake damages building in Sanfranciso, allowing for the economy to recover supporting the rebuilding of a city, its economy and its people.