Appropedia – The wikipedia of appropriate technology

7 04 2009

In my recent internet wanderings, I came across this relatively new website:

Upon entering the site, it immediately becomes clear that this is a fast-emerging new project, designed to share solutions that have been reached from around the world, of collaborative projects in sustainability, poverty reduction and international development.

Browsing around the site for ideas, I encountered the fantastic new HexaYurt.

Hexayurt is a refugee shelter system, designed for roughly one family unit. It comes in three sizes, can be assembled in about an hour by 3 adults with minimal training. The cost is between $200 and $500 for each unit package, which provides not just a shelter, but a comprehensive family support unit which includes drinking water purification, composting toilets, fuel-efficient stoves and solar electric lighting.


For a detailed one-page report on the Hexayurt, click here.

– Sarah Topps



One response

17 04 2009


Thanks for the link to Appropedia. It is true that we are relatively new with only a few years of being up and edited. We recently passed 8 million pageviews and 66,000 edits and you can really feel the community gaining traction and effecting positive change through open sharing of sustainable solutions. We have thousands of pages and so many more are needed. Hope to see some of yours there some time! Keep up the great blogging. You should check out, they are a French version of Appropedia, in your neck of the woods.

Thank you,

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