Disaster-proof design

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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Old Boats Fashioned into Virtually Indestructible Vostok Shelter

Old Boats Fashioned into Virtually Indestructible Vostok Shelter

The cabin, which was named after "Vostok 1", the capsule in which Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space in April 1961. The virtually indestructible shelter is part of a work that was commissioned by

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Beautiful Modern Water Villa Sets Sail in Amsterdam

Beautiful Modern Water Villa Sets Sail in Amsterdam

The 200 square meter split-level houseboat on De Omval keeps a low profile to respect local building ordinances. Part of the home is submerged underwater, but +31 Architects made sure to provide

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Nation-E’s Electric Hummer H1 Offers Disaster Relief

Nation-E’s Electric Hummer H1 Offers Disaster Relief

Nation-E is an automotive company dedicated to freeing humanity from its grip on oil. Their latest offering is the Angel H1 -- a converted H1 Hummer that runs completely on battery power. Now before you

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Reclaimed Bunker Offers Doomsday Luxury Accommodations

Reclaimed Bunker Offers Doomsday Luxury Accommodations

This everything-proof doomsday condo takes disaster-proof design to the umpteenth degree. Showcased in the latest issue of Popular Science, the ‘luxury’ underground condo is located in a reclaimed

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‘Mired in the Bayou’ Reveals the Human Face of the BP Oil Spill

‘Mired in the Bayou’ Reveals the Human Face of the BP Oil Spill

We've all seen the images of the exploded Deepwater Horizon oil rig and the depressing images of oil-covered birds and wildlife littered on the coast, but how many of us really grasp the full impact of

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Floating Container Houses Proposed for Pakistan Flood

Floating Container Houses Proposed for Pakistan Flood

The flooding of Pakistan was yet another tragedy that added to this year's surge of natural disasters, and with 21 million people injured or homeless, we still have an emergency on our hands. Richard

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Life Preserver-Launching Bazooka Wins James Dyson Award

Life Preserver-Launching Bazooka Wins James Dyson Award

If you see a giant orange bazooka gun firing bullets into the ocean, don't panic; it may just be the Longreach Buoyancy Deployment System, a bazooka that shoots Life Rings (water-activated buoyancy

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Flying Disaster Relief Robots Create Communication Networks

Flying Disaster Relief Robots Create Communication Networks

While they may resemble a fleet of space invaders, these flying robots are actually designed to aid in disaster relief. Developed by the EPFL School of Engineering, the Swarming Micro Air Vehicle Network

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Life Cube Inflatable Emergency Shelter Sets Up in Just 5 Minutes

Life Cube Inflatable Emergency Shelter Sets Up in Just 5 Minutes

Life Cube offers 144 sq ft of instant emergency space and requires no tools to set up. The shelter arrives in a crate made from post-consumer recycled plastic shipping pallets and can be rolled if

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Recovery Huts: Durable Disaster Shelters Set up in a Snap

Recovery Huts: Durable Disaster Shelters Set up in a Snap

Emergency Recovery Huts are better than tents and easier to set-up and breakdown.

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Emergency Housing Made from Structural Steel Insulated Panels

Emergency Housing Made from Structural Steel Insulated Panels

OceanSafe, a maker of Structural Steel Insulated Panels (SSIP), and The ReGen Group recently unveiled the winner of their New Orleans Sustainable Design Competition, which challenged architects to design

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AirDrop House Emergency Shelter for Flood-Afflicted Areas

AirDrop House Emergency Shelter for Flood-Afflicted Areas

The Airdrop House is a complete housing kit made from sponge-like material that starts at 1 meter in diameter. Capable of being carried by a standard military aircraft, the spheres are dropped from the

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Miami’s Only LEED Gold Tower Can Withstand 300mph Winds!

Miami’s Only LEED Gold Tower Can Withstand 300mph Winds!

Located in Miami's Brickell Financial District, the new tower hosts over 582,000 sq ft of leasable 'class A' space. And unlike most buildings in the Miami area, the new Brickell building features

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Pop-Up Village for Haiti Made From 900 Shipping Containers

Pop-Up Village for Haiti Made From 900 Shipping Containers

Haitian Canadian musician Luck Mervil is leading the charge to help rebuild Haiti with houses made from repurposed shipping containers. Mervil is behind the Montreal organization Vilaj Vilaj, which wants

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MASTODON Mobile Skyscraper is a Pop Up Disaster Relief Shelter

MASTODON Mobile Skyscraper is a Pop Up Disaster Relief Shelter

We've seen our share of smart disaster relief shelters before, but none that ever featured a mobile skyscraper - until now. Dubbed the Transient Response System (TRS-1), this innovative design by

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Joshua Tree Boulder House is a Study in Stone and Steel

Joshua Tree Boulder House is a Study in Stone and Steel

Designed by Garrett Carlson, the house has a rustic feel that contrasts nicely with its modern amenities. While the large boulders that make up the walls (which were erected by engineer Hossein Zand) are

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Earthquake Resistant Tire Earthships for Haiti Disaster Relief

Earthquake Resistant Tire Earthships for Haiti Disaster Relief

Early in July, Reynolds, two builders and a cameraman journeyed to Haiti to do research and see what could be done. They ended up building a whole house with the help of 40 locals, ranging in age from

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Inflatable Bandeau Belt Offers Stylish, Discreet Alternative to Life Jacket

Inflatable Bandeau Belt Offers Stylish, Discreet Alternative to Life Jacket

There’s no need to heed water safety warnings when wearing one of these bandeaus designed by Kathleen Westerhout and Dana Ramler. Foregoing the bright orange bulk, this fashionable wrap-around is fit

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Oil Spill Costs Rise to $3 Billion as BP Tests World’s Largest Skimming Ship

Oil Spill Costs Rise to $3 Billion as BP Tests World’s Largest Skimming Ship

Attempting to speed up the oil spill clean up in the Gulf, BP has just tapped the world's largest oil skimming vessel. This converted Taiwanese cargo ship known as "A Whale" was put through her paces

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Blast-Proof Curtain Expands Under Explosive Impact

Blast-Proof Curtain Expands Under Explosive Impact

Bomb-proof wallpaper? That's old hat compared to this new blast-proof curtain developed by Professor Ken Evans at the University of Exeter in the U.K. The curtain, designed to be placed over the windows

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VIDEO: Architecture for Humanity is Helping Haiti Rebuild

VIDEO: Architecture for Humanity is Helping Haiti Rebuild

Architecture for Humanity is network of over 40,000 design professionals around the world who donate their services to helping to improve lives of people in need. Every year they build buildings and

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DIY Kite Photographs the Gulf Oil Spill to Map its True Size

DIY Kite Photographs the Gulf Oil Spill to Map its True Size

The news media has been snapping photos of the destruction that the oil spill is causing as it floats toward shore, but recently the government and BP have been restricting aerial photographs of the spill

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The 2010 Buckminster Fuller Institute 2010 Challenge Winner!

The 2010 Buckminster Fuller Institute 2010 Challenge Winner!

Buckminster Fuller was an amazing visionary of a man: architect, engineer and one of the first true "green designers" of the modern era, so it should come as no surprise that we're big fans of the man

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BP Oil Pipe is Cut, “Top Hat” Containment Cap in Place

BP Oil Pipe is Cut, “Top Hat” Containment Cap in Place

We've come to the point where we're pretty darn pessimistic about almost any supposed advancements in the BP oil spill saga - but as of yesterday, there seems to be some actual good news. According to

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Sticky Rice is 1,500 Year Old Secret to Super-Strong Chinese Buildings

Sticky Rice is 1,500 Year Old Secret to Super-Strong Chinese Buildings

Photo by Bridgette Meinhold Sticky rice, which has been a staple of the Chinese diet for centuries, also played a huge role in the construction of their ultra-durable cities and walls. The glutinous

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Help Redesign BP’s ‘Green’ Logo and Win $200!

Help Redesign BP’s ‘Green’ Logo and Win $200!

We're getting kind of sick of saying this, but BP's latest latest attempt to stop oil from gushing into the Gulf of Mexico has failed -- yet again. The oil spill is quickly becoming the largest

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