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Yurt Abstract Submitted for Korean Conference

I’ve just completed an Abstract for an engineering conference in Seoul, Korea, to be held September 19-21, 2012. The conference title is Innovative Infrastructures – Toward Human Urbanism, and it is sponsored through IABSE, the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering. In 1995, I presented another paper at an IABSE conference in San Francisco, titled “Lateral Strength in Older Homes.”

For this conference, I’ve decided to submit under the category “Structures and Materials – Extending the Limits.” The emphasis on the conference is how Social Infrastructures play a crucial role in improving our quality of life. Social Infrastructure is defined as a system of social services, networks, and facilities that support people and communities (shelter, health, education, income, safety, recreation and leisure, cultural expression). Obviously, affordable structures are a primary community need.

I thought it would be good to incorporate some of my Yurt Standard work into this paper, so I’m presenting a paper titled “Modern Yurts/Gers Are Viable Options For Societal Facility Needs.” I know of no other structure that is as nice, and affordable, as yurts. In our Yurt Maker’s Conference last February, one of our discussion topics was the need for education building officials, community planners, and the public about yurts. This paper will help in that process.

Generally, I suspect most conferences try to provide a wide breadth of topics. Since my papers are from a small company working on small buildings, I have been somewhat unique with my submittals, and have had 5 of 6 Abstracts accepted. I hope this Abstract will be similarly viewed. If accepted, the final paper must be submitted by February 28, 2012. My fingers are crossed.

A side benefit of this conference would be an opportunity to visit our daughter, Katherine, who is teaching English at a middle school in Gwangju, about 3 hours from Seoul.

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