practical shelter innovation for disaster relief

Elevating the ReciproBoo shelter

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Elevating the base of the frame increases living space.

The frame can be lifted onto a low stone wall or any available support. This is particularly useful in urban disasters where use can be made of available bricks and masonry.

In trials the shelter adapted well to irregular shaped walls. The ends of the frame were attached to the masonry using a simple hook and rope. These photographs show how the larger curved end of the hook threads through the hole where the locking button spring has been removed from the pole. A rope for securing it to the wall is then passed through the eyelet at the other end of the hook.

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The base of the roof frame can be lifted onto wooden posts

Full elevation

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Fully elevating the frame onto an existing wall considerably increases living space.

As the frame reaches a horizontal plane it becomes an increasingly stable weight bearing platform. This is due to the "vertical locking" force exerted by gravity and is a unique feature of the reciprocal frame roof.

This is also the first step to providing a framework for a transitional shelter

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