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Inflatable Concrete Shelter

March 16th, 2005 | Filed under: Architecture, Building Tech, Design, Fabrication Tech | 5 Comments »

William Crawford and Peter Brewin, inventors of Inflatable Concrete, an inflatable pouch of cement-impregnated cloth, have been picking up a considerable amount of press for their ‘building in a bag’ concept. The idea has enormous potential for disaster relief situations. Let’s just hope their patent doesn’t impede it’s widespread implementation.

via Wired


5 Comments on “Inflatable Concrete Shelter”

  1. 1 Pete Brewin!!!! said at 6:11 am on July 5th, 2005:

    We’ve got the same name!!! Its a small world. Will you be my friend? p.s. inflatable cement??? how does that work? Us farmers never seen such a thing.

  2. 2 durai said at 6:03 am on July 29th, 2005:

    sir i m working in the project of inflatable shelters
    would u suggest me to design the same and the books available for the same plz

  3. 3 dgrichmond said at 1:03 pm on October 24th, 2005:

    That was a pretty stupid comment for the author to make. Patents don’t impede implementation. Nothing inspires more innovation than to reward the originators of new ideas. It’s the free market, and it works!

  4. 4 The_Pete said at 8:06 am on December 7th, 2005:

    Saw them last night on “The Dragon’s Den”. Don’t know what happened but they managed to not convince anyone of it’s merits and didn’t get the funding they probably needed to build a full sized working prototype.

    One of the comments was that having a permanent concrete would be undesirable environmentally. Of course, the concrete can be broken down and reused in concrete for more permanent buildings.

    Ironically, the tent city in Pakistan, had a major tent fire which, fortunately, wasn’t a complete distaster. However, it could have been prevented or at least, contained, inside a concrete bunker.

  5. 5 Jonathan Stark said at 7:00 am on March 6th, 2006:

    I can’t think of any reason this idea would not be implemented yesterday, hurricane season is less than 100 days away, and last I checked, theres islanders from last hurricane season that are STILL without roofs, so, if there has to be a black market to get this started, I support it!


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