Disaster-proof design

Dutchman Builds Massive Ark to Save the Netherlands From Drowning

Dutchman Builds Massive Ark to Save the Netherlands From Drowning

Inspired by a dream (or in this case nightmare) about a massive flood that wiped out Holland, ambitious native Dutchman Johan Huibers has constructed a full-sized, water-ready ark just like Noah’s. “I

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FIRST PHOTOS: Solar-Powered Transforming EDV-01 Emergency Shelter Unveiled!

FIRST PHOTOS: Solar-Powered Transforming EDV-01 Emergency Shelter Unveiled!

The high-tech shelter is designed to provide a sustainable source of vital resources on-site. Four hydraulic legs quickly stabilize the structure on rugged terrain, and an outer wall rises to create a

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Tornado Resistent Meadowlark Home Breaks Ground In Greensburg, Kansas

Tornado Resistent Meadowlark Home Breaks Ground In Greensburg, Kansas

The Meadowlark House is a modestly sized, 3 bed, 2 bath home with an open floorplan living, kitchen and dining area. Oriented with its axis to the east and west, the home's public living spaces are

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ARCHIVE Institute’s Health and Housing For Haiti Winners are Clean, Green, Off-Grid Homes

ARCHIVE Institute’s Health and Housing For Haiti Winners are Clean, Green, Off-Grid Homes

The competition's grand prize winner is Breathe House by Initiative Recover, a collaboration between a University of Virginia architecture professor, his students, and a team of medical professionals,

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Win $1000 in the Better World, Better Coastline Challenge

Win $1000 in the Better World, Better Coastline Challenge

Calling all students! Do you have a smart design solution that will protect vulnerable coastal communities against climate change? Then submit your design for a better coastline to the Better World

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The F9 Flood-Proof House Stands Tall Above Rising Tides

The F9 Flood-Proof House Stands Tall Above Rising Tides

F9 Productions recently unveiled plans for a sturdy, sustainably built home that is designed to withstand flooding and provide a safe haven when natural disaster strikes. Raised high above the ground and

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Pescomaggiore Village Destroyed by L’Aquila Earthquake Now Being Rebuilt Sustainably

Pescomaggiore Village Destroyed by L’Aquila Earthquake Now Being Rebuilt Sustainably

Pescomaggiore village, which was destroyed by the earthquake that hit the mountain region of L’Aquila in central Italy on Apr. 6, 2009, is now being rebuilt by its 40-odd inhabitants with straw and

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Amphibious Houses Could Provide A Permanent Solution For Flooding In Thailand

Amphibious Houses Could Provide A Permanent Solution For Flooding In Thailand

The government of Thailand asked the two architecture firms to work on a solution for the increasing problem of flooding in Thailand. In the past, most people in Thailand lived near the river in homes

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Architecture for Humanity Founder Cameron Sinclair Becomes Advisor to President Obama

Architecture for Humanity Founder Cameron Sinclair Becomes Advisor to President Obama

The Obama Administration recently tapped Cameron Sinclair -- the founder of one of our favorite organizations, Architecture for Humanity -- to serve on an advisory committee for volunteer foreign aid

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Cylindrical Green Roofed Japanese Tsunami Control Center Lets Waves Pass Right Underneath

Cylindrical Green Roofed Japanese Tsunami Control Center Lets Waves Pass Right Underneath

Looptecture F was built to monitor and aid in the event of a tsunami as well as to educate visitors about the dangers of tsunamis. Inside the two-story building is space for the control room, an

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Color Changing Fukushima Plates Detect Radiation In Your Food

Color Changing Fukushima Plates Detect Radiation In Your Food

Imagine sitting down at the dinner table and not knowing if the food in front of you is safe to eat. For many people in Japan that situation is a reality, and while the government has been issuing

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Tokyo Hackerspace Sets Up DIY Radiation Monitors at Japan’s Fukushima Plant

Tokyo Hackerspace Sets Up DIY Radiation Monitors at Japan’s Fukushima Plant

As a result of last month's earthquakes and tsunami, many areas of Japan have been left without even the most basic necessities such and shelter and power. To begin to offer assistance to the thousands of

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NC-office Designs Charming L-Shaped Self-Sustaining Homes For Haiti

NC-office Designs Charming L-Shaped Self-Sustaining Homes For Haiti

The small 8x8 modules consist of four rooms that form an L-shape. This allows the buildings to interlock repeatedly while also allowing for a small private garden. But the real beauty is that they are

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Shigeru Ban’s Emergency Shelters Are a Safe Haven for Japanese Quake and Tsunami Victims

Shigeru Ban’s Emergency Shelters Are a Safe Haven for Japanese Quake and Tsunami Victims

Concerned about the ongoing stresses that would come with being displaced from their homes, Ban knew that while evacuation centers were providing a safe refuge to Japanese citizens, they would also become

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Ex-Container Project Provides Shipping Container Housing for Victims of Japan Earthquake

Ex-Container Project Provides Shipping Container Housing for Victims of Japan Earthquake

A group led by Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects -- who designed the Bayside Marina Hotel we featured not long ago -- has formed the Ex-Container Project with the intention of using shipping containers as

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Studio Dror Shows Off Versatility of QuaDror Structural Element In Relief Housing

Studio Dror Shows Off Versatility of QuaDror Structural Element In Relief Housing

QuaDror relief housing is based on the geometric form of the QuaDror, a square-like, trapezoidal, 3D element. Structural beams are held together in the correct QuaDror shape by specially designed joints

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Japan’s Nuclear Reactor Springs a Leak, Engineers Try to Plug with Sawdust

Japan’s Nuclear Reactor Springs a Leak, Engineers Try to Plug with Sawdust

Workers in Japan at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, which was damaged in the March 11th earthquake and ensuing tsunami, recently discovered an eight inch crack in a maintenance pit that is

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Japan Sends “Monirobo” Robot into Nuclear Plant to Keep Workers Out of Danger

Japan Sends “Monirobo” Robot into Nuclear Plant to Keep Workers Out of Danger

Japan has a new worker to help measure and test the radiation at the Fukushima Daichi nuclear plant - and it happens to be a robot named Monirobo. Short for “Monitoring Robot,” the robot can safely

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Shigeru Ban Develops Modular Shelter for Japanese Displaced By Earthquake

Shigeru Ban Develops Modular Shelter for Japanese Displaced By Earthquake

With thousands of Japanese displaced due to last week's earthquake and ensuing tsunami, many are currently forced to make homes in local shelters lacking the comfort of even just a little bit of privacy.

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VIDEO: Cameron Sinclair Talks About How Architecture For Humanity Can Help Japan

VIDEO: Cameron Sinclair Talks About How Architecture For Humanity Can Help Japan

There's a long road to recovery for the people of Japan, and much still needs to be done to quell the chaos from the earthquake and tsunami. Architecture For Humanity, which is now in 10th year of

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Despite Major Earthquake Zero Tokyo Buildings Collapsed Thanks to Stringent Building Codes

Despite Major Earthquake Zero Tokyo Buildings Collapsed Thanks to Stringent Building Codes

Japan is no stranger to earthquakes, but this morning's incident was nothing like the country had ever seen before. Registering at a record breaking magnitude 8.9, the earthquake even triggered a

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Google Aids in Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami by Designing Person Finder Tool

Google Aids in Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami by Designing Person Finder Tool

We're pretty impressed with Google this morning. In the wake of the horrendous earthquake and ensuing tsunami that hit Japan earlier today, the search engine could be sitting around working on their

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Environmental Documentaries Bring a Green Theme to 2011 Academy Awards

Environmental Documentaries Bring a Green Theme to 2011 Academy Awards

Gasland Gasland is the a visually provocative story by writer director Josh Fox who was inspired to explore the dangers of gas drilling when he was offered money to drill at his property in Pennsylvania.

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Vincent Callebaut Unveils Coral-Inspired Carbon Neutral Eco Village for Haiti

Vincent Callebaut Unveils Coral-Inspired Carbon Neutral Eco Village for Haiti

Callebaut's Coral Reef proposes building an artificial pier on seismic piles in the Caribbean Sea. Modular duplexes built according to Passive House standards would be added into the housing matrix as

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Unique Bamboo Living Pod Concept is a Study in Disaster Proof Design

Unique Bamboo Living Pod Concept is a Study in Disaster Proof Design

These unique bamboo houses are part of a much larger disaster resistant community concept for the Philippines designed by a group of Indian architects - Komal Gupta, Vasanth Packirisamy, Vikas Sharma,

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Great Barrier Island Solar Home Elevated On Stilts To Avoid Flooding

Great Barrier Island Solar Home Elevated On Stilts To Avoid Flooding

The home is built on a beautiful site surrounded with large Puriri trees, Blackwoods and other natives, all of which inspired the design for the timber framed home. A foundation of stilts raise the main

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EDV-01: Robotic Emergency Shelter is Entirely Self-Sufficient

EDV-01: Robotic Emergency Shelter is Entirely Self-Sufficient

Japan just unveiled the future of emergency housing in the form of the Emergency Disaster Vehicle, or EDV-01. The innovative design is fully-automated, capable of automatically doubling its size, and can

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Historic Iron Market First Building To Be Restored After Haiti Eartquake

Historic Iron Market First Building To Be Restored After Haiti Eartquake

Restoration of the Iron Market is seen as a symbol of hope to the people of Haiti who are largely still living in tents and makeshift shelters. Amazingly, the project was completed in less than a year,

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Mexico City Eco Apartments Inspired By The Trees of the Neighborhood

Mexico City Eco Apartments Inspired By The Trees of the Neighborhood

The apartment building includes seven units with split levels and views of both the street and the quiet interior courtyard. Each apartment is properly isolated from the others with strawbales to improve

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