Leonardo da Vinci inspires emergency shelter

sudanLeonardo da Vinci, the original ‘Renaissance man’, tends to be better known for his drawings of human anatomy and the animal kingdom than buildings. But his architectural designs were no less pioneering in their fusing of imagination and practical ingenuity. Now, almost 500 years after Leonardo’s death, a ‘reciprocal’ floor design — a self-supporting arrangement involving three or more poles overlapping in turn — could transform shelters for people affected by disasters.

In this audio interview to SciDev.net, Shaun Halbert, director of charity ReciproBoo speaks about the use of Leonardo’s reciprocal frames in humanitarian response.

Read the article and listen to the audio on SciDev.net