Disaster-proof design

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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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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Search and Rescue Robot Takes Inspiration from Cockroaches and Geckos

Search and Rescue Robot Takes Inspiration from Cockroaches and Geckos

Over the past few years we've seen emergency services and the US military take inspiration from the natural world to create next-gen robots. They've come to include a rapid-response robot based on the

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The Chen House is a Disaster-Proof Farmhouse in Taiwan

The Chen House is a Disaster-Proof Farmhouse in Taiwan

Flood waters escape underneath the mahogany home, which is lifted off the ground, while the brick chimney along with the bathroom and kitchen area gives the otherwise lightweight home grounding and

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Narbethong Community Hall is a Fireproof Building in the Australian Bush

Narbethong Community Hall is a Fireproof Building in the Australian Bush

The Black Saturday bushfires in 2009 burned over 4,500 km² (450,000 hectares, 1.1 million acres), resulted in the lost of 173 people's lives and injured over 400 people. The damage to the areas

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Hikaru Imamura’s ‘Heat Rescue Disaster Recovery’ Kit Delivers Warmth and Food to Earthquake Victims

Hikaru Imamura’s ‘Heat Rescue Disaster Recovery’ Kit Delivers Warmth and Food to Earthquake Victims

Thinking beyond creating something flashy or fashionable, Japanese designer Hikaru Imamura designed the Heat Rescue Disaster Recovery; an emergency kit packed with essentials for earthquake

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Power in a Box: Princeton’s Disaster Relief Solar and Wind Generator Fits in a Shipping Container

Power in a Box: Princeton’s Disaster Relief Solar and Wind Generator Fits in a Shipping Container

A prototype for a solar and wind power station that fits within a shipping container has placed a group of students from Princeton University among the winners of a national EPA-sponsored sustainable

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Shigeru Ban’s Christchurch Cardboard Cathedral Gets the Green Light for Construction

Shigeru Ban’s Christchurch Cardboard Cathedral Gets the Green Light for Construction

Shigeru Ban’s temporary cardboard cathedral finally got the green light to be erected in Christchurch, New Zealand. Now called the “Transitional Cathedral”, the building will replace a 19th century

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Duo-Gard’s Blossoms of Hope Bus Shelter Sprouts in Minneapolis

Duo-Gard’s Blossoms of Hope Bus Shelter Sprouts in Minneapolis

Incorporating public art into new developments is not a new practice, but one developer in Minneapolis took the idea to the next level, commissioning a bright, vibrant sculpture to be a gateway into the

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The Earthquake-Proof Table Provides a Safe Space for Students When the Earth Starts to Rumble

The Earthquake-Proof Table Provides a Safe Space for Students When the Earth Starts to Rumble

More than 300 million students across the globe sit in classrooms that weren't constructed to withstand an earthquake, leaving them susceptible to serious injury and even death if the earth were to start

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New EQ-Top Seismic Wallpaper Can Save Lives in an Earthquake

New EQ-Top Seismic Wallpaper Can Save Lives in an Earthquake

Scientists at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and Bayer have developed a seismic wallpaper that can hold up building walls during earthquakes. The system, called EQ-Top, is a glass fiber fabric that

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EXCLUSIVE PICS: Sunshower SSIP is a Pre-Fab, Hurricane-Resistant Home in New Orleans

EXCLUSIVE PICS: Sunshower SSIP is a Pre-Fab, Hurricane-Resistant Home in New Orleans

Situated on a residential street in the Lakeview neighborhood of New Orleans, the innovative two bedroom, two bath, 1,100 square foot model home stands out from the surrounding traditional New Orleans

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AIA and Architecture for Humanity Team Up To Help Architects Respond To Disasters

AIA and Architecture for Humanity Team Up To Help Architects Respond To Disasters

Last month the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and nonprofit Architecture for Humanity teamed up to launch ArchitectsRebuild.org, a new website that promises to help architects contribute to

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