one of my artistic areas of exploration is semi-permanent shelters.  this comes from a situation i find myself in often: The Festival. Festival is a great place to gather people, re-affirm cultural values, breakdown habits, and practice life could be different.

one of Life Could Be Different is what if there were a Big Problem.  like a disaster.  for example.  or it’s time for the hippies to Go Back To The Land.  (not in itself a problem, but problems would likely arise).


one of my ongoing projects is Pavilion, an exploration into many kinds of shelter structures.  i’ve done geodesic domes, icosahedrons (starpods),  multi-dome jams, and now.. HEXAYURTS.

if you check out the fun at www.hexayurt.com you’ll see people into the same vibe. The basic idea is to build a shelter with 4’x8′ material (foam, cardboard, plywood, osb…etc).  use 6 for the walls in a hexagon pattern, and then 6 more for the roof by making one full diagonal cut and flipping the triangles together to make a big triangle.  attach with tape (for foam or cardboard material) or shape cutouts of the two angles (wood).  et voila.  a shelter that costs 1/5th of a standard humanitarian aid tent, and lasts 10x as long.

we started with an outdoor stage for our community’s annual fall equinox gathering Symmetree. our first yurt, a stage for earthdance edmonton @ symmetree 2010

the model, courtesy of Scott (rocketscott at ohyah.ca), we used to build our stage with.

166’2 floor space. just enough for the dj.

we flipped some triangles around to make a slightly more useful amount of space with the hexayurt concept.  we call this mod h13.

with two panels for each of the 6′ walls (overlapped cause we didn’t want to deal with extra cuts) , we ended up using 16 4×8 panels for structure and 2 more for deco.

below is a gallery of hexayurtism.

including some (lots) of future dreams.