The following is not the final portable, temporary , individual shelter design for the First Program but rather one example of a conceptual design which satisfies the present level of design specifications (see Appendix: "First Program Design Specification Line-Item Categories"):

The Example Portable Temporary, Individual Shelter will be an oblong, rounded topped, igloo/yurt-looking ultra-light Pod with a seamless floor.

The Pod will be mass produced as a single piece construction of blown and molded or fabricated recycled polyethylene and/or polypropylene. These materials are more rigid, durable, UV contaminate and aging resistant and more wind and water proof than the usually available cloth or woven materials. These materials are cost-effective in manufacture, availability and for construction/fabrication. They are flame resistant, difficult to tear or break and are within the acceptable toxicity ranges. They are materials which are recyclable (polyethylene is already a major target for world recycling programs).

The Pod material thickness varies from the mosaic appearing thicker panels and floor to the tapered, flexible, folding connections between them. The thicker panel areas vary in size from one foot square to three inch triangles. Two panels, one top and one side, are perforated with one mil holes for ventilation. There is a two by two foot opening access panel/flap on one end three inches above ground level. It is "latchable". There are three eyelet-type points on the Pod interior for hanging light weight materials.

The Pod final dimensions are approximately four feet wide by eight feet long by six feet tall with an effective volume of slightly less than 96 cubic feet (with the top pushed/bowed in for increased stability, the Pod will be approximately five feet tall with an effective volume of approximately 64 cubic feet).

The Pod's sides can be bowed in on themselves and collapsed for transporting. The final folded Pod is approximately two by two feet by one foot thick and weighs seven pounds. There will be two strap handles for carrying, or for tie-down. The units will be efficiently palletized or placed into shipping containers for transportation to distribution sites world wide.

NOTE: This "Example Design Concept" is only presented for an initial visualization of one type of temporary, individual shelter design which might be pursued. However, any "Shelter" referred to anywhere else in this document is presently completely open for design and will only be defined after the planned research and international call for input and designs.

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