Putting Smart Design Where It’s Needed the Most
Cameron Sinclair solves the problems of the world with architecture. Co-founder of the charitable organization Architecture for Humanity, Sinclair and his co-founder Kate Stohr literally help re-build broken communities by promoting innovative and sustainable architecture and design. With the signature line "Design like you give a damn," Architecture for Humanity creates opportunities for architects around the world to make a difference through design initiatives, forums, workshops and competitions. The organization is, for example, helping to reconstruct the parts of India and Sri Lanka that were devastated by the 2004 tsunami, and is re-building parts of the U.S. gulf coast affected by Hurricane Katrina. They have also built a mobile health clinic to combat HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa.
In addition, Architecture for Humanity advises and consults governments around the world in their ongoing design projects. They are, for instance, helping Afghanistan build refugee housing and working with Turkey to construct earthquake resistant buildings. Sinclair and Stohr recently published a new book, Design Like You Give a Damn: Architectural Responses to Humanitarian Crises, which has received critical acclaim as the first ever compendium of sustainable architecture efforts around the world.
This year, the organization opened an online open source architecture community called the Open Architecture Network to improve living conditions through design. In September, the Network launched an international competition—open to everyone, including non-architects—called the Open Architecture Challenge, which seeks to bring affordable Internet access to half of the world by 2015 (right now, only a fifth of the world can surf the web). Three winning design teams, to be announced next year, will work with Architecture for Humanity to implement their plans in South America, Africa and Asia, respectively.
Sinclair was one of the recipients of last year's esteemed TED prize, which honors visionaries who inspire others to do great things for the world. Host Adam Rogers talks with Sinclair about how he connects smart design with the communities who need it the most.
On Jun 4, 2007
The GripClips are great. I was looking for a way to suspend bug netting under a tarp. The GripClips are just what I needed. Many thanks.
On Dec 10, 2006
hello bob and eleanor,
sorry for the delay in getting back to you.
november 2006 is now officially seattle's wettest month in recorded history.
that makes it the wettest month in 115 years!
the old record was 15.33" in december of 1933.
what made it even more fun was a freezing rain scare last night and the night before,
i managed to fill in between 1/4 of the valley rafters on the north end.
well, the weather gave me a break with nearly two weeks of no rain to start december.
i managed to take advantage of it and got all of the valley rafters filled in on both the north and south ends of the house.
i didn't have enough time to put up new plastic before the rains started coming again yesterday, with at least a full week of rain
the holes were mostly where the connectors were located on a boundary between the full 2' x 2' grid pattern and the valleys that
also, there was a medium level of wind activity yesterday and i sort of giggled as the wind blew over the plastic exhibited little
the attached pictures were taken of the north end of the house while working on the south end.
i think they probably show the matrix better than any of the ones i sent before.
i will collect an assortment of pictures at their original higher resolution and put them on a cd for you should you wish to use
as i was driving back home yesterday i happened to go past a house that was under construction/renovation and was "tarped", but it
i forsee a real market for your connectors in the construction industry.
best wishes for the holidays,
We are still having some trouble with our connectors.
We used a total of about 20 of the Grip clips around the edge of the tarp and 4 in the center. And yes they did hold up to the heavy winds. They were very easy to attach with 1 ?? gold screws. I didn?t find any problems with them at all. You can put some of the pictures on the website if you want. Let me know if you have any more questions.
Thanks again and we will definitely be using them again.
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I made a 20'long, 10' wide, 7.5' tall Quanset Hut, using about 60 of your Heavy Duty Grip Clips. It's pretty tight. The clips work great. Here is a pic, before I installed the door panels.
I am building a second one to tie both together, with a shade structure, and when I place doors I will send another pic.
You wanted details (This is sort of a hodge podge of my posts to the backpacker.com forum.):
I made a silnylon tarp no sewing... just grip clips. They are adjustable, do not pierce or damage the material and are no slip. My 5.5 x 11 tarp with grip clips and lines weighs 8 oz, stake (msr groundhogs) add 1-1.5 oz and NO SEWING. I got my fabric from outdoor wilderness fabrics owf. Mine is white/clear and i can see the stars through it at night, but it is opaque in sunlight.
NO SEWING...ADJUSTABLE (Custom) PITCH...EIGHT OZ.s INCL. LINES and STAKES. And mine cost me about 25 bucks. Take One (1) bolt of silnylon from www.owfinc.com (2nds at 3-4 bucks a yd, 5.5 ft wide bolt) And (8) mini gripclips: http://www.shelter-systems.com/grip-clips.html
And I use moss (or msr) groundhog stakes.
1.Cut the bolt to desired length...Mine is 5.5 ft by 11 ft (5.5 is again the width of the bolt).
2. Use grip clips to secure lines to stakes and hiking poles or trees. (I also use doubled plastic grocery bags filled with dirt or rocks or buried as cheap, dependable sand and snow anchors. Just attach line to the handles for a solid guy out.) For larger applications, use grip clips to join two lengths together to make a 2 man, 10 ft wide tarp (overlap seam for weather tightness).
3. And you are tarping. I often set the lines, poles and guys for a 9 foot length and drape the extra two feet down and stake it to shelter the "head" end. Again the grip clips let me secure the head end stake on the draped over material wherever it works best for a taut pitch.
I rig my tarp using a thermolite bivy (20 bucks, 6 oz) as a ground cloth/splash guard. When it gets windy/rainy I open it and attach to inside roof of tarp w/ grip clips like an inward facing envelope. Keeps me dry in the worst spray.
I have used this system on Lake Superior shore in rain and dry, and dozens of other less weather prone places. Its a lightweight, lazy man's, cheap cheap CHEAP way to go.
Grip clips from www.sheltersystems.com mean no sewing and perfect taut pitches no matter how poorly placed your anchors or guy points. The work anywhere on the fabric, making a non destructive, non slip guy point. I set the guy points FIRST, THEN I adjust the grip clips to fit, and taut line hitches on each grip clip make a tight pitch in almost any situation. (Bonus: the INSIDE on each clip is good hang point for clothesline, loft, or flashlight.)
1.1 oz silnylon with the grip clips requires childrens party balloons ($1.00 for 20) as "gaskets". Cut off head (dome) of balloon and unsert between grip clip head and cloth. TOTALLY prevents slippage on the slick cloth.
The grip clips make my tarp work all the time, no matter how bad the guy out options. They also are best for extra guys on my other tents and my Batray when i need to batten down. Thanks for a great product.
Here are some photos of the Tarp Shelter we created using your Grip Clips.
GripClips saved my life at Burning Man a few years ago by keeping my tarps in place when all the grommets were blown out from the wind! With out the Grip Clips I had got from you I would have had no shad and I be cooked.
I just wanted to let you know how great your Light Fabric Grip Clips work as sheet fasteners. Those little garter sheet things don't hold. The Grip Clips are great! Yours are the best.
I have been using your Heavy Duty and General Grip Clip Tarp Fasteners to join and connect tarps together to cover a 30' dome frame I make and to connect four tunnel structures to the dome. I plan on taking it to burning man. The Grip Clips work great and have held the tarps together and to the frame of the dome during two big wind storms we have had here. I recently cut my thumb and can still clip multiple layers together with only one and half hands. They are a tremendous product.
I am a sound engineer, working on the set for documentaries here in Switzerland. And Your Clips are perfect for me to fix sound-absorbing fabric to walls, through rooms or also outside between trees or lightstands. Speeds up fortification a lot!