Creating Hospitals from Thin Air

Doctors Without Borders is setting up shop in Haiti to provide medical services to those affected by the earthquake. They will use an inflatable hospital.
It's exactly what it sounds like: a temporary hospital with inflatable components that can be deployed whenever needed. Doctors Without Borders has been employing them for years, including an impressive inflatable nine-tent, 120-bed center in Pakistan following a 7.6 magnitude earthquake there in 2005. The hospital post-and-beam frames can be made from the same fabric in inflatable lifeboats. Nylon interior and exterior walls leave space for air to create an insulating effect.

Link -via Cynical-C, who has a list of resources for sending donations to Haiti.

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I've been in one of the military ones, and watched them set it up in less than an hour. A really amazing piece of engineering work, complete with inflatable ducting for AC/heating and they can be attached to each other to create a large complex. They're tough enough to be considered a semi-permanent building.
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PacRim Jim: Are you sure Disney didn't invent this kind of inflatable building?

"As part of the exhibition, at each stop Disney will put up an inflatable 3D theater that was specially developed for the tour with technology suppliers Dolby and Barco. The 50x 50 ft. theater stands 25 ft. high and can be erected in less than six hours, execs said..."

"Disney Promotes 3D with Inflatable Theater"
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