Disaster-proof design

Remistudio’s Massive Floating Ark Battles Rising Tides

Remistudio’s Massive Floating Ark Battles Rising Tides

The Ark concept, which Remistudio designed in connection with the International Union of Architects’ program "Architecture for Disaster Relief," can be built in various climates and in seismically

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Tentsile Treehouse Tents Provide a Safe Haven in the Treetops!

Tentsile Treehouse Tents Provide a Safe Haven in the Treetops!

Tentsile is a portable habitation unit that can be suspended amidst trees to provide accommodation for three people. With three anchor points and the use of tension instead of poles, the Tentsile is part

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Former Facebook Employee Spends Two Years Building a Tsunami-Proof Capsule in His Backyard

Former Facebook Employee Spends Two Years Building a Tsunami-Proof Capsule in His Backyard

As Mr. Robinson watched the day-to-day coverage of the catastrophic event, he began to formulate a resilient design that would be able to withstand the strong forces of a tsunami. After sketching his

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Expected Nuclear Plant Shutdown Spurs Increased Energy Savings Incentives

Expected Nuclear Plant Shutdown Spurs Increased Energy Savings Incentives

Here's some good news for both the safety of New Yorkers and landlords looking to save some cash: Con Ed has announced that it will be significantly increasing the energy savings incentives it offers in

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All-Terrain Extreme Weather Rescue Vehicles Could Save Lives During Natural Disasters

All-Terrain Extreme Weather Rescue Vehicles Could Save Lives During Natural Disasters

Designer Phil Pauley has come up with a series of Extreme Weather Rescue Vehicles that could navigate through deep floodwaters and around physical obstacles, unlike conventional trucks and emergency

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Wickedleak Launches the First Waterproof Smartphone: The Wammy Passion X

Wickedleak Launches the First Waterproof Smartphone: The Wammy Passion X

Accident-prone smartphone owners can finally breathe a sigh of relief and stop with the bowls of dry rice - the tech start-up Wickedleak just unveiled the world's first waterproof smartphone. The

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Is There an Underground Home Hidden Beneath Queens?

Is There an Underground Home Hidden Beneath Queens?

The space beneath what is now a nondescript field at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens was once occupied by a luxurious underground home, and some believe that the subterranean residence still

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Apocalypse ‘Preppers’ Inspire On The Edge Survival Jacket

Apocalypse ‘Preppers’ Inspire On The Edge Survival Jacket

Some people might think it's irrational, but "prepping" has become a lifestyle for a growing population. Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Marie-Elsa Batteux Flahault was inspired to design a survival

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Halley VI: The World’s First Modular Research Station in Antarctica Can Climb Through Snow

Halley VI: The World’s First Modular Research Station in Antarctica Can Climb Through Snow

Halley Research Stations, run by the British Antarctic Survey, are dedicated to exploring the Earth's atmosphere. The data collected at Brunt Ice Shelf in Antarctica, where the stations are located, has

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Life Box: An Air-Droppable Pop-Up Recovery Shelter For Victims Of Natural Disasters

Life Box: An Air-Droppable Pop-Up Recovery Shelter For Victims Of Natural Disasters

Life Box is an air-droppable, rapid-response emergency shelter that can be quickly inflated to provide housing for four people. The Red Dot Award-winning shelter contains supplies to provide relief to

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IKEA’s Solar-Powered Flat Pack Shelters Approved for Syrian Refugee Housing

IKEA’s Solar-Powered Flat Pack Shelters Approved for Syrian Refugee Housing

Earlier this year, Scandinavian flat pack furniture masters IKEA unveiled an easily deployable solar-powered shelter that can provide sturdy, safe housing in an emergency. Designed in collaboration with

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Resilient Design: Is Resilience the New Sustainability?

Resilient Design: Is Resilience the New Sustainability?

Ever since Hurricane Sandy wrought havoc on the East Coast, ‘resilient design’ has been a hot topic of conversation — and not just amongst architects and designers, but politicians, engineers and

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8 Innovative Emergency Shelters for When Disaster Strikes

8 Innovative Emergency Shelters for When Disaster Strikes

IKEA Solar-Powered Flat Pack Shelter This flat pack, easy to transport shelter was developed in collaboration between the IKEA Foundation and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR).

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Solar-Activated Nanogrid Turns Oil Spills into Biodegradable Compounds

Solar-Activated Nanogrid Turns Oil Spills into Biodegradable Compounds

Professor Perena Gouma from Stony Brook University in New York has developed a new way to tackle oil spills that is easier and more eco-friendly than conventional approaches. She has developed a

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IKEA Unveils Solar-Powered Flat Pack Shelters for Easily Deployable Emergency Housing

IKEA Unveils Solar-Powered Flat Pack Shelters for Easily Deployable Emergency Housing

Prior to the IKEA collaboration, the UNCHR was only able to provide tents or converted mass-shelters for the influx of refugees into countries around the world. Now, with IKEA’s help, these displaced

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Hirobo Unveils HX-1 Unmanned Electric Rescue Helicopter at the International Robotics Exhibition in Tokyo

Hirobo Unveils HX-1 Unmanned Electric Rescue Helicopter at the International Robotics Exhibition in Tokyo

Image via Gizmag Hirobo is known primarily for toy RC helicopters - however the Japanese company is now using its advanced engineering expertise for nobler applications. At the International Robotics

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Hovering Rescue Robot Can Crash Into Obstacles and Keep On Flying

Hovering Rescue Robot Can Crash Into Obstacles and Keep On Flying

A new flying robot built to withstand mid-air crashes could play a key role helping disaster victims. The great minds at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne created a flying spheroid robot that can

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Biolite Infographic Shows the 3 Ps of Preparedness for Emergency Situations

Biolite Infographic Shows the 3 Ps of Preparedness for Emergency Situations

BioLite knows a thing or two about emergency preparedness. The Brooklyn-based company was on the front lines during Hurricane Sandy, and its USB-charging CampStoves made national news for their role in

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Venice’s $7 Billion Moses Flood-Protection System Passes its First Test

Venice’s $7 Billion Moses Flood-Protection System Passes its First Test

Venice just successfully tested its ambitious $7 billion flood-protection project for the first time. The Moses system for defense against high water is being constructed at the city's lagoon inlets

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Container Solutions Unveils India’s First Shipping Container Home in Bangalore

Container Solutions Unveils India’s First Shipping Container Home in Bangalore

Rao previously used shipping containers as an office space and he even stacked four containers vertically to build an artificial climbing wall at Sarjapur.  When he worked in Germany in 2006 he lived in

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Q4 Architects’ Tornado-Proof CORE House is an Indestructible Home Within a Home

Q4 Architects’ Tornado-Proof CORE House is an Indestructible Home Within a Home

Q4 Architects recently unveiled the CORE House - a virtually indestructible tornado-proof home designed for communities in Missouri. The project features a 600 square foot indestructible concrete core and

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The Biomimicry Manual: What can We Learn About Resilience, Weight Loss, and Kidney Disease from the Grizzly Bear?

The Biomimicry Manual: What can We Learn About Resilience, Weight Loss, and Kidney Disease from the Grizzly Bear?

I'm off to the wilds of Montana this week, doing some in-person, up-close biomimicry research, and I've got my fingers crossed I'll see a grizzly bear. But you know, over there, not over here. With five

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New Device Saves Disaster Victims by Detecting Heartbeats Through Rubble

New Device Saves Disaster Victims by Detecting Heartbeats Through Rubble

The Department of Homeland Security and NASA have teamed up to create a new technology capable of detecting the heartbeats of disaster victims through up to 30 feet of rubble, 20 feet of solid concrete,

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INDEX Award Winner: Copenhagen Unveils Comprehensive Climate Adaptation Plan to Reduce Flooding and Boost Local Economy

INDEX Award Winner: Copenhagen Unveils Comprehensive Climate Adaptation Plan to Reduce Flooding and Boost Local Economy

Storms, sea level rise, and extreme drought are only predicted to accelerate in the decades ahead. Combined with unprecedented urban population growth, this unpredictable weather is a recipe for costly,

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Former Director of NYC Dept. of City Planning Says Giant Rotterdam-Style Floodgates Could Protect NYC from the Next Superstorm

Former Director of NYC Dept. of City Planning Says Giant Rotterdam-Style Floodgates Could Protect NYC from the Next Superstorm

Before Hurricane Sandy, building giant sea walls to protect NYC from storm surges may have sounded extreme, but now respected urban planners are considering it as a viable solution. The New York Observer

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RFP for NYC’s Flood-Protecting Seaport City Puts It a Step Closer to Reality

RFP for NYC’s Flood-Protecting Seaport City Puts It a Step Closer to Reality

If you thought New York City was just playing around when it proposed building a mini city onto the side of Manhattan to protect it from future storms, check this out. Yesterday, Mayor Bloomberg issued a

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Shigeru Ban Completes Incredible Cardboard Cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand!

Shigeru Ban Completes Incredible Cardboard Cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand!

Beloved for his numerous contributions to disaster relief and design in general, Japanese architect Shigeru Ban uses cardboard as a construction material in residential, commercial, and public

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Redox Set to Launch Dishwasher-Sized ‘Cube’ Fuel Cells for 90% Less than Current Technologies

Redox Set to Launch Dishwasher-Sized ‘Cube’ Fuel Cells for 90% Less than Current Technologies

Fuel cells could provide a vital source of power for off-grid communities and cities experiencing hurricanes and thunderstorms - but existing units are expensive, massive, and they tend to run extremely

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WXY+West 8 Team Shortlisted for Rebuild by Design Competition Aimed at Designing Resilient Coastal Communities

WXY+West 8 Team Shortlisted for Rebuild by Design Competition Aimed at Designing Resilient Coastal Communities

The WXY + West 8 team has been selected as one of ten teams to be shortlisted for the Rebuild by Design competition, which is centered around building resiliency around US coasts to withstand severe

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6 Tips to Protect Your Home from Wildfires

6 Tips to Protect Your Home from Wildfires

1. Clear combustible debris from around your home The first step is often the most effective, and it's a doable project for a homeowner: clear combustible debris from around the house. This includes

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