Disaster-proof design

Japanese Government Unveils Plan to Build a Backup City for Tokyo

Japanese Government Unveils Plan to Build a Backup City for Tokyo

In the same way that we have backup batteries for our cameras and computers, the Japanese government has recently unveiled plans to develop a whole new city that will act as a backup for Tokyo in the

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GOMMAdesign’s Coral City is a Self-Sustaining Eco-Village for the Phillipines

GOMMAdesign’s Coral City is a Self-Sustaining Eco-Village for the Phillipines

Designed by GOMMAdesign and +ITA Project, Coral City is as a self-sustaining and disaster-resistant eco-village for the Philippines. Starting from the idea that natural structures are the best sources

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Antillean Gothic is a Modern and Energy Efficient Take on the Shotgun House

Antillean Gothic is a Modern and Energy Efficient Take on the Shotgun House

The Antillean Gothic is a concept house by Amonle Studio Workshop that proposes a green and tropical way of life rooted in Caribbean style architecture. The new home is an eco concept that finds its

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Futuristic Tornado-Proof Home Sinks Into the Ground at the First Sign of a Twister

Futuristic Tornado-Proof Home Sinks Into the Ground at the First Sign of a Twister

10 Design is basing their hopes on kinetic architecture and technological innovations to turn this futuristic dream into a reality. The tornado-proof house coalesces by taking inspiration from a large

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Translucent Watercolor Roof Protects Swiss Abbey & Archaeology Site From Rockfall

Translucent Watercolor Roof Protects Swiss Abbey & Archaeology Site From Rockfall

The abbey of St. Maurice was built almost 1500 years ago and is situated against a cliff on the road between Geneva and the Simplon Pass. Likely, the cliffside location was chosen because it could be

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Swags’ Ultralight Waterproof Backpack Bed Provides Aid to Homeless

Swags’ Ultralight Waterproof Backpack Bed Provides Aid to Homeless

Swags for the Homeless is an Australian non-profit organization that has been getting global attention for its Backpack Bed. The contemporary light-weight backpack can be quickly converted into a full

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Wind Turbines Might Not Stand Up to Hurricane Irene

Wind Turbines Might Not Stand Up to Hurricane Irene

As Hurricane Irene careens towards the east coast of the United States and residents rush to batten down the hatches we must not forget to take care of our renewable energy generators -- especially wind

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Elevated Prefab Home On Cusabo Island is Perched To Withstand Fire and Hurricane

Elevated Prefab Home On Cusabo Island is Perched To Withstand Fire and Hurricane

Designed by Seattle-based Woollen Studio and built by Park City, UT-based EcoSteel, the Cusabo Island home is a prefab wonder. Engineered to exceed FEMA flood zone code requirements, with helical

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5.9 Mineral, Virginia Earthquake Shakes Six Nuclear Power Plants Within 150 Miles

5.9 Mineral, Virginia Earthquake Shakes Six Nuclear Power Plants Within 150 Miles

A magnitude 5.9 earthquake just hit Mineral, VA, sending shockwaves up and down the East Coast of the United States that evacuated the Capital Building, the White House, and the Pentagon in Washington,

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New CO2 Sand Bricks are 2.5 Times Stronger than Concrete

New CO2 Sand Bricks are 2.5 Times Stronger than Concrete

Japanese construction and design firm TIS & Partners has just unveiled a strong and surprisingly low-tech brick that can be rapidly produced in disaster areas, and applied to the quick construction of

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Shigeru Ban Unveils Towering Cardboard Cathedral for Christchurch

Shigeru Ban Unveils Towering Cardboard Cathedral for Christchurch

A devastating earthquake all but leveled Christchurch’s older buildings in February, however Shigeru Ban just unveiled a massive temporary cardboard building that will replace the city's historic

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Molo’s Softshelters Add the Comfort of Home to Disaster Relief

Molo’s Softshelters Add the Comfort of Home to Disaster Relief

Design company Molo is taking active measures to design a portable, useful and private solution for emergency housing. Designed in light of the housing disaster that followed the disaster of Hurricane

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Shigeru Ban Comes to Japan’s Rescue With Multistorey Shipping Container Housing

Shigeru Ban Comes to Japan’s Rescue With Multistorey Shipping Container Housing

Disaster zones typically feature unlevel ground, which makes it even more challenging to prepare housing relief quickly. But Shigeru Ban's shipping containers stacked on top of each other in a

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Foldaboat: A Flat-Pack Folding Boat for Emergency Response Efforts

Foldaboat: A Flat-Pack Folding Boat for Emergency Response Efforts

Forget the floaties, next time you hit the water grab a Foldaboat instead! Designed by Arno Mathies and Max Frommeld, this water vessel is a fully flat-packable design made from a single sheet of plastic.

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Please Help Us Reach Our Goal of Donating $10,000 to Rebuild Japan!

Please Help Us Reach Our Goal of Donating $10,000 to Rebuild Japan!

YOUR CLICK COULD BE THE ONE THAT GETS US $10,000 TO REBUILD JAPAN! If you've been wanting to do something to help the thousands of victims of the natural disasters that tore through Japan a few months

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Soil Studies from Japan’s Earthquake Will Make Building Design Safer Worldwide

Soil Studies from Japan’s Earthquake Will Make Building Design Safer Worldwide

Japan's March 11th magnitude 9 Tohoku Earthquake -- which caused a tidal wave and the ensuing Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster -- was one of the most powerful ever recorded and just happened

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REBUILDING JAPAN: Architecture for Humanity Raises Hikado Marketplace from Tsunami Rubble

REBUILDING JAPAN: Architecture for Humanity Raises Hikado Marketplace from Tsunami Rubble

It's only been 3 months since a devastating earthquake and tsunami ripped through Japan, but the horrifying images have already begun to fade from the news and the public's mind - a situation that

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Survival Rooms Are Disaster Proof Prefab Capsule Units That May Save Lives

Survival Rooms Are Disaster Proof Prefab Capsule Units That May Save Lives

Survival Rooms are container-sized units that offer total disaster protection within enclosed capsules. These self-sufficient emergency life support systems by Phil Pauley were designed to withstand

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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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