Disaster-proof design

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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“Top Kill” Procedure Seems to be Working on the Gulf Oil Spill

“Top Kill” Procedure Seems to be Working on the Gulf Oil Spill

An announcement was made on Thursday that BP's latest crazily named tactic -- the "top kill" which we reported on earlier this week -- seems to be working to stop the flow of oil the Gulf of Mexico. They

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BP Launches “Top Kill” Tactic to Plug the Gulf Oil Spill

BP Launches “Top Kill” Tactic to Plug the Gulf Oil Spill

Today BP will launch their "Top Kill" tactic - an attempt to plug the 5 story tall tower of pipes at the source of the Gulf oil leak with a massive amount of heavy liquids. The injection of drilling

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Greensburg Kansas Rebuilds Better and Greener After Tornado!

Greensburg Kansas Rebuilds Better and Greener After Tornado!

After the tornado, the community gathered together and drafted a plan to rebuild, which included the commitment to build up to LEED Platinum standards and become a model green town for the future. Maybe

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Shipping Container Cities to Shelter 2 Million Haitians From Hurricanes

Shipping Container Cities to Shelter 2 Million Haitians From Hurricanes

Moreta and his team, Green Container International Aid, have been working non-stop to begin construction on their Container Cities. A pilot project has already begun in Jacmel, which lies along the

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BP to Try “Junk Shot” to Halt the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

BP to Try “Junk Shot” to Halt the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

It sounds to us like BP is now grasping at straws trying to outsmart the growing gulf coast oil spill. As their next plan of action engineers will shoot a pile of trash at high speed into the blowout

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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal Wants to Use Fake Islands to Ward Off Oil

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal Wants to Use Fake Islands to Ward Off Oil

As news surfaced that the giant cap meant to contain the Gulf of Mexico oil spill failed, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal announced his own plan to save the coastline from mass amounts of incoming oil.

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Scientists Harness Virtual Reality to Aid Oil Spill Cleanup Effort

Scientists Harness Virtual Reality to Aid Oil Spill Cleanup Effort

We've looked at a number of possible cleanup solutions for the disastrous oil spill off the Gulf Coast -- hair, underwater domes, and bacteria, to name a few. Now scientists are testing out virtual

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Naturally Occuring Bacteria Could Help Clean Oil Spill

Naturally Occuring Bacteria Could Help Clean Oil Spill

Almost two weeks after the disaster started, the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico is still gushing up to 10,000 barrels of oil into the ocean every day. Efforts by BP and the US government to stop

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Green Decontaminants Could Clean Up Terrorist Attacks

Green Decontaminants Could Clean Up Terrorist Attacks

There's nothing remotely green about nerve gas, mustard gas, anthrax, and other nasty chemical agents that could be used in a terrorist attack. The cleanup process, on the other hand, doesn't have to be

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Cleaning Up Oil Spills with Mushrooms and Hair!

Cleaning Up Oil Spills with Mushrooms and Hair!

The massive BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has spurred scientists and engineers to consider numerous solutions to clean up the slick -- from erecting a giant underwater dome to contain the spill to

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Giant Underwater Dome Could Contain Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

Giant Underwater Dome Could Contain Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

Geodesic dome photo by Hobbes vs Boyle The massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is growing worse, with 1,000 barrels pouring into the ocean every day over a span of 28,600 square miles. As the spill

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Dutch Propose Using Dikes to Generate Power

Dutch Propose Using Dikes to Generate Power

Though the Dutch are known for their windmills, they may be looking to underwater turbines for energy in the near future. In 1953 a massive flood decimated a large part of The Netherlands, killing 1,800

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Earthquake-Detecting Program Turns Your Laptop into a Seismometer

Earthquake-Detecting Program Turns Your Laptop into a Seismometer

If you've purchased a laptop over the past few years it's very likely to contain a device called an accelerometer -- a sensor that can save your hard drive by registering if you've dropped your precious

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Ecomat’s LEGO-Like Building Bricks Let You Create Your Own Castle

Ecomat’s LEGO-Like Building Bricks Let You Create Your Own Castle

What if building your own house was as easy as snapping together a bunch of LEGO bricks? Brace yourself: just such a set of industrial-sized building blocks exist, and they're made from 100% recycled

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JakPak is a Jacket, Tent and Sleeping Bag All-In-One

JakPak is a Jacket, Tent and Sleeping Bag All-In-One

Rods, poles, ropes, pegs, stakes… a camping trip shouldn’t involve a 1,000-piece puzzle, so drop all those bits and pieces and slip into a JakPak instead. This awesome lightweight weather-proof jacket

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New Tsunami Generator Can Help Designers Create Wave-Proof Buildings

New Tsunami Generator Can Help Designers Create Wave-Proof Buildings

The recent earthquakes and tsunamis sparked a slew of research into designing disaster-proof infrastructure. The latest tech to boost scientists' understanding how these disasters work is a

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Elastic Iron Alloy Could be Used to Make Earthquake-Proof Buildings

Elastic Iron Alloy Could be Used to Make Earthquake-Proof Buildings

In light of the world's recent earthquakes, finding a quake-proof building material is a top priority. A group of Japanese researchers are answering the call. They've developed a super elastic iron alloy

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Britain’s New Dragon Runner Robot Deactivates Live Explosives

Britain’s New Dragon Runner Robot Deactivates Live Explosives

Are you good at video games? Then you might be able work the Dragon Runner, a 14 lb bomb-disposal robot unveiled today by the British Ministry of Defence. The robot, which measures 9"x8"x3, can be worn

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Architects Tell Californians to Brace for the Next Big Earthquake

Architects Tell Californians to Brace for the Next Big Earthquake

The US Geological Survey has said that California has a 99.7% chance of having a magnitude 6.7 earthquake -- or bigger -- in the next three decades. University of California, Berkeley Professor and former

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Maldives To Fight Rising Sea Levels With Floating Islands

Maldives To Fight Rising Sea Levels With Floating Islands

The tiny island nation of the Maldives is under serious threat from rising sea levels caused by climate change. No part of the 1200 islands which make up the Maldives is more than six feet above sea

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Chile Earthquake May Have Shifted Earth’s Axis, Shortened Days

Chile Earthquake May Have Shifted Earth’s Axis, Shortened Days

Photo via Inquisitr In addition to causing widespread death and destruction, last week's devastating earthquake in Chile may have shifted the Earth's axis permanently and created shorter days,

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How Good Design and Building Codes Saved Lives During Chile’s Earthquake

How Good Design and Building Codes Saved Lives During Chile’s Earthquake

This past Saturday, the world awoke to yet another horrific natural disaster, an 8.8 magnitude earthquake right off the coast of Chile near Concepcion. It's only been 2 days since the deadly quake and the

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Duany Flatpack Prefab Unveiled, 1000 Shelters to be Donated to Haiti

Duany Flatpack Prefab Unveiled, 1000 Shelters to be Donated to Haiti

During his research, Duany says that his team was able to identify four separate classes of Haitians that live in very different ways, and that each home is tailored to their specific needs. To exemplify

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Dominican Authorities Approve Container Cities For Haiti Housing Relief

Dominican Authorities Approve Container Cities For Haiti Housing Relief

Numerous disaster relief housing projects have been proposed to help in the aftermath of the Haiti Earthquake last month, and while many of them seem workable, none (as of yet) will actually be

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“Revolutionary” Bacteria-Based Water Filter is Super Efficient, Portable

“Revolutionary” Bacteria-Based Water Filter is Super Efficient, Portable

Every once in awhile, the billions of dollars dedicated towards U.S. military spending do some actual good. Case in point: this new bacteria-based water treatment unit, developed by researchers at Sam

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GOOD Magazine Launches Design Competition to Rebuild Haiti

GOOD Magazine Launches Design Competition to Rebuild Haiti

One of our favorite publications, GOOD magazine, has just joined forces with PRE and Studio X to launch a design competition to rebuild Haiti. The contest comes at a time when Haiti needs it the most, and

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Flat Pack Prefabs Could Provide Relief in Haiti

Flat Pack Prefabs Could Provide Relief in Haiti

The tragic earthquake in Haiti has provoked a number of architects to think about how they can help with disaster relief. One recent example we looked at was the SEED project, which uses shipping

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