Disaster-proof design

Fury and Fragility: A Sustainable Rebuilding Plan for the Town of Ishinomaki, Japan After the Tsunami

Fury and Fragility: A Sustainable Rebuilding Plan for the Town of Ishinomaki, Japan After the Tsunami

In Northern Japan, where the rugged coast meets pristine beaches, the town of Ishinomaki has long enjoyed the beauty and bounty of the surrounding sea. But benefit rarely comes without hazard and

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Cyberdyne Creates Mind-Controlled Robot Exoskeleton to Protect Fukushima Workers from Nuclear Radiation

Cyberdyne Creates Mind-Controlled Robot Exoskeleton to Protect Fukushima Workers from Nuclear Radiation

This week Cyberdyne unveiled a robotic exoskeleton called HAL (Hybrid Assistive Limb) that allows its wearer to carry superhuman loads while shielding them from radiation. With the Fukushima nuclear

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Cassia Co-op Training Centre is a Sustainable School For Cinnamon Farmers in Indonesia

Cassia Co-op Training Centre is a Sustainable School For Cinnamon Farmers in Indonesia

In 2010, TYIN Tegnestue was approached by a French businessman who told them all about cinnamon production in Sumatra, where 85% of globally-consumed cinnamon is produced. As you might expect there is

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Villa921: Harunatsu Archi’s Storm-proof Tropical Island Bungalow is Designed to Last

Villa921: Harunatsu Archi’s Storm-proof Tropical Island Bungalow is Designed to Last

Harunatsu Archi's Villa921 is situated four hours away from Tokyo in a breathtaking natural park that looks like an exotic paradise - complete with rainforest and swamp areas. Since the region is subject

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Study Shows that Nuclear Power Plants in Europe are Not Ready for Disaster

Study Shows that Nuclear Power Plants in Europe are Not Ready for Disaster

The Fukushima disaster following the tsunami that hit Japan in 2011 was an eye-opening event that caused many to wonder just how safe nuclear power is. Thanks to a new study commissioned as a result of

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The Indlovu Centre is a Fireproof & Bulletproof Community Building in South Africa

The Indlovu Centre is a Fireproof & Bulletproof Community Building in South Africa

Reconstruction of the Indluvo Centre began in 2009 when Architects Without Frontiers went to assess the community's needs. They worked with Zvi Belling and Lani Fender to design the project pro-bono to

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Hitachi Invents Waterproof Glass ‘Disk’ That Can Store Data Forever

Hitachi Invents Waterproof Glass ‘Disk’ That Can Store Data Forever

A simple square of glass may hold the key to the vexing problem of storing data indefinitely. Developed by Hitachi, the technology prints a binary series of dots upon a sliver of quartz glass which can

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The $8500 Havana Tsunami Survival Pod Can Withstand 6 Tons of Debris!

The $8500 Havana Tsunami Survival Pod Can Withstand 6 Tons of Debris!

Australian shipbuilder Matt Duncan was so affected by the Japanese earthquake and tsunami that he put his engineering skills to use and designed a Tsunami Survival Pod capable of withstanding six tons of

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Earthquake-Proof ‘Wood Luck’ Bed Protects You From Falling Buildings While You Sleep

Earthquake-Proof ‘Wood Luck’ Bed Protects You From Falling Buildings While You Sleep

Many experts suggest that the safest way to ride out an earthquake is to stand in a doorway or hide under a table to protect yourself from falling debris. However a Japanese company, Shinko Industries has

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Florida International University Creates Massive Wall of Wind to Simulate Hurricane Conditions

Florida International University Creates Massive Wall of Wind to Simulate Hurricane Conditions

For homebuilders, constructing a house that can withstand hurricane winds can be tricky, because the only way to run a test is to wait for a major storm to develop. Florida International University just

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Rogers Feng’s Human-Powered Refrigeration System Wins US James Dyson Award

Rogers Feng’s Human-Powered Refrigeration System Wins US James Dyson Award

Human-Powered Refrigerator Case A human-powered refrigeration system designed to help in the distribution of vaccines in developing nations has been named the US Winner of the James Dyson Award. The

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US Scientists Develop Technique to Remotely Control Cockroaches

US Scientists Develop Technique to Remotely Control Cockroaches

  A team of researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a technique to remotely control and steer cockroaches via an electronic interface. While at first glance it may seem

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Heat-Proof Camouflage Make-Up Could Protect Soldiers and Firefighters From Explosions and Flames

Heat-Proof Camouflage Make-Up Could Protect Soldiers and Firefighters From Explosions and Flames

A team from the University of Southern Mississippi has developed a form of camouflage face makeup that not only prevents soldiers from being seen by the enemy, but also shields their faces from the

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Study Says That Home Wifi Could Be Used By Emergency Response Teams When Mobile Phones are Down

Study Says That Home Wifi Could Be Used By Emergency Response Teams When Mobile Phones are Down

Photo: Fire department response via Shutterstock Responding to an emergency is a challenge without the added hurdle of doing it without mobile technology, but that is often the reality

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Seal Rocks House is a Net Zero Energy Surfer’s Haven in Australia

Seal Rocks House is a Net Zero Energy Surfer’s Haven in Australia

Seal Rocks House 4 is organized as a basic square shape on a single level with a large open courtyard in the middle. The home has an area of 219 sq m (2,357 sq ft) with 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, a laundry area,

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Folding Door Transforms Into a Life-Saving Earthquake Shelter

Folding Door Transforms Into a Life-Saving Earthquake Shelter

Kingston University graduate design student Younghwa Lee has created an innovative indoor shelter for use during an earthquake—a folding door that not only stands in the safest place in a home, but also

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Coromandel Bach is a Protected Timber Beach House in New Zealand

Coromandel Bach is a Protected Timber Beach House in New Zealand

Located near Coromandel, the simple bach for the Crosson Family was designed as a simple rectangular container. Built from unadorned natural timber, the home is a to reinterpretation of New Zealand wood

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Make it Right’s New Orleans FLOAT House by Morphosis to Gain LEED Platinum Certification

Make it Right’s New Orleans FLOAT House by Morphosis to Gain LEED Platinum Certification

Morphosis respected the cultural vernacular of the common New Orleans shotgun house by first raising the structure off the ground level to protect the building from flooding. The outstanding part of this

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nPower PEG Allows Crisis Mappers to Report in Real Time Using Kinetic Energy

nPower PEG Allows Crisis Mappers to Report in Real Time Using Kinetic Energy

The nPower PEG (Personal Energy Generator) has been described as the “world’s first passive kinetic energy charger.” It harvests kinetic energy from walking, running, or biking and uses it to charge

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The Courtyard House Battles Extreme Heat With Passive Strategies In India

The Courtyard House Battles Extreme Heat With Passive Strategies In India

With this summer seeing record scorching temperatures and blackouts in India, the Courtyard House seems prepared to deal with the high temperatures. Designed by Mumbai-based Sanjay Puri Architects, the

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Japan Builds First Swimming Robot To Create ‘Swumanoid’ Robo-Lifeguards

Japan Builds First Swimming Robot To Create ‘Swumanoid’ Robo-Lifeguards

The Tokyo University of Technology have created the Swumanoid, a human-like swimming robot that they believe could one day be used to patrol beaches and save swimmers in distress (think of it as part

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How The Nokero SunRay Pro Power Solar Charger Saved My Skin & My Sanity During Hurricane Sandy

How The Nokero SunRay Pro Power Solar Charger Saved My Skin & My Sanity During Hurricane Sandy

This article was originally published in November 2012 When Hurricane Sandy hit last week and the power in my lower Manhattan apartment went out, my first thought, as I dug around for candles and LED

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Dutchman Johan Huibers Opens His Life-Size Noah’s Ark to the Public

Dutchman Johan Huibers Opens His Life-Size Noah’s Ark to the Public

We first reported on Huibers' Ark last year when the massive structure (it's so big, it's classed as a building not a boat!) was nearing completion. Now that the Ark is officially open to the public, more

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UK Military Develops Paint That Absorbs Fallout From Chemical Attacks

UK Military Develops Paint That Absorbs Fallout From Chemical Attacks

In what has to be one of the strangest collaborations ever, military scientists from the UK's Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) have been working with global paint and coating company

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Bergen Safe House is a Temporary Structure Protected From Fire by a Charred Exterior

Bergen Safe House is a Temporary Structure Protected From Fire by a Charred Exterior

The Bergen Safe House was built in just 4 days as part of the Bergen International Wood Festival in Norway. Created by Dutch architects Max Rink and Simon de Jong and designer Rachel Griffin, the

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Brad Pitt Recruits Frank Gehry to Design Sustainable, Two-Family Home For Make It Right in New Orleans

Brad Pitt Recruits Frank Gehry to Design Sustainable, Two-Family Home For Make It Right in New Orleans

© Chad Chenier Photography / Make It Right In 2007, Brad Pitt founded the Make it Right Foundation with an ambitious plan to construct 150 new, green homes for returning residents in New Orleans'

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DARPA’s New Fire Suppression System Extinguishes Fires With Sound!

DARPA’s New Fire Suppression System Extinguishes Fires With Sound!

The geniuses at DARPA are at it again - in the past they have created the internet, designed super fast cheetah robots and next-generation flight systems, and now they've developed a new system that is

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Green Horizons’ Mobile Central Service Unit Supplies Emergency Water and Clean Energy

Green Horizons’ Mobile Central Service Unit Supplies Emergency Water and Clean Energy

Green Horizons' Central Service Unit 40 mobile infrastructure trailer is the emergency housing version of the Swiss Army knife. Developed for rapid emergency response after a calamity, the trailer

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3D Badger Tracking Technology to Be Modified for Emergency Search and Rescue Situations

3D Badger Tracking Technology to Be Modified for Emergency Search and Rescue Situations

A team from Oxford University has modified technology that was originally developed to track badgers underground so that it can be used to locate people in an emergency situations, such as a natural

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The Shelter: Former Shanghai Bomb Shelter Transformed Into a Nightclub!

The Shelter: Former Shanghai Bomb Shelter Transformed Into a Nightclub!

The Shelter is one of the most popular venues showcasing Shanghai’s underground - as in subterranean and alternative - music scene. The Shelter has taken over one of the thousands of former bomb

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