Disaster-proof design

Experts Warn That World’s Energy Infrastructure is Vulnerable to Climate Change

Experts Warn That World’s Energy Infrastructure is Vulnerable to Climate Change

Energy companies may shoulder a large portion of the blame for the warming planet - after all, they are responsible for around 40% of global emissions - but a new study shows that they will also suffer a

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PHOTOS: Post-Disaster Housing Units Unveiled in New York

PHOTOS: Post-Disaster Housing Units Unveiled in New York

It may seem like Hurricane Sandy was quite a while ago now, but many people are still displaced after losing their homes in the storm. In order to make sure the city is better prepared for future

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Have You Seen the New $125 Million Plan to Protect Long Island from the Next Superstorm?

Have You Seen the New $125 Million Plan to Protect Long Island from the Next Superstorm?

There's been a great deal of talk about how we can fortify areas affected by Hurricane Sandy and make them more resilient, but now some of those ideas are a step closer to reality. For Long Island, which

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Prefab Intershelter Dome Homes Pop Up Anywhere for Immediate Shelter

Prefab Intershelter Dome Homes Pop Up Anywhere for Immediate Shelter

Intershelters were designed to provide a comfortable place to stay just about anywhere. They’ve been used in deserts, deep in the forest, and even on the side of glaciers, providing sleeping shelters,

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Solar-Powered ‘Self Sustained Module’ Goes Where No Other Building Can Go

Solar-Powered ‘Self Sustained Module’ Goes Where No Other Building Can Go

The Self Sustained Module is intended for sites where heavy modifications and the addition of permanent infrastructure is either physically impossible or economically unfeasible. It comes complete with a

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MAT-TER Architects Unveil Plans for Typhoon-Resilient Guiuan National High School in the Philippines

MAT-TER Architects Unveil Plans for Typhoon-Resilient Guiuan National High School in the Philippines

MAT-TER Architects designed the typhoon-resilient school as part of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that crowdsourced design concepts for an affected area where Typhoon Haiyan destroyed 4,500 schools.

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World’s Largest Movable Structure to be Installed Over Chernobyl’s Radioactive Reactor 4

World’s Largest Movable Structure to be Installed Over Chernobyl’s Radioactive Reactor 4

The New Safe Confinement shield is a 300-foot-tall movable steel structure that will soon be installed over Chernobyl's Rector 4 to shield the area from radiation. The 32,000-ton arch is the world's

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UNICEF’s Clever LEGO-Inspired Bricks Provide Food, Water, and Shelter to Disaster Victims

UNICEF’s Clever LEGO-Inspired Bricks Provide Food, Water, and Shelter to Disaster Victims

Providing food and shelter to victims of a natural disaster is one of the first priorities for emergency services, but the process can often generate a lot of unnecessary waste. To help tackle this

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Flat Pack Tables Fold into Origami Shelters in the Event of a Disaster

Flat Pack Tables Fold into Origami Shelters in the Event of a Disaster

The immediate days after a disaster are the most critical since victims need supplies and materials ASAP. Rather than wait for help to arrive with shelters, Architecture Global Aid wanted to create a more

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Apparatus X: A Mobile Eco Shelter Ideal for Disaster Relief

Apparatus X: A Mobile Eco Shelter Ideal for Disaster Relief

State College, PA — Students at Penn State are turning a trailer into an off-grid disaster relief shelter that will be well-suited for both first-response, as well as long-term aid. The trailer, called

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MIT Proposes “New Meadowlands” Plan to Protect New Jersey and New York from Future Storms

MIT Proposes “New Meadowlands” Plan to Protect New Jersey and New York from Future Storms

How would some of the nation's smartest minds approach the Eastern seaboard's increasingly dire problem of rising tides and storms? A team led by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology recently

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10 Designs Show How Sandy-Affected Communities Can Be Rebuilt More Resiliently

10 Designs Show How Sandy-Affected Communities Can Be Rebuilt More Resiliently

Rebuild by Design, a competition to find resilient solutions for restoring communities affected by Hurricane Sandy, recently unveiled its ten shortlisted designs. The selected proposals include ideas

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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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