Transportable Infrastructures for Development and Emergency Support

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also called STAR-TIDES


"The TIDES project will identify, test, refine, and document sets of rapidly transportable, cheap, and environmentally friendly infrastructures (basic shelter, water, power, hygiene, communications, etc.). These sustainable infrastructures should be deployable quickly to meet human needs where available services are inadequate, such as in refugee camps or for disaster victims. It is a voluntary effort, with non-government, government, and diverse other participants, and in no way is an endorsement of any particular solution by the government. TIDES also will develop assembly instructions and operational procedures for these infrastructures. The goal is to share information to help organizations and individuals apply solutions effectively in real-world conditions. Collaborative, cross-domain methods and new technologies, along with whole systems thinking and engineering are encouraged.

STAR-TIDES currently focuses on 7 infrastructures

  • Shelter
  • Water
  • Power
  • Integrated Cooking
  • Heating/Cooling/Lighting
  • Sanitation
  • Information and Communication Technology"


More Information

The initial points of contact for TIDES are:

  1. Lin Wells, [email protected], (202) 436-6354
  2. Lynn Crabb, American Red Cross
  3. Jim Craft, United States Marine Corps
  4. Vinay Gupta, Hexayurt Project, [email protected], (775) 743-1851
  5. Tim Lo, [email protected], (202) 685-3046