Disaster-proof design

Bomb-Proof Wallpaper Could Save You in a Natural Disaster

Bomb-Proof Wallpaper Could Save You in a Natural Disaster

Imagine: a hurricane is barreling towards your house, but instead of hiding in the basement, you can stay safely and comfortably in your living room, all thanks to your X-Flex Blast Protection System

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Europe Launches Satellite Able to Predict Floods and Droughts

Europe Launches Satellite Able to Predict Floods and Droughts

Global warming has dramatically increased the unpredictability of weather patterns, but what if we could more accurately pinpoint the future location and intensity of floods and droughts? That might be

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Ultra Adaptable Green Horizon Prefab Debuts at West Coast Green!

Ultra Adaptable Green Horizon Prefab Debuts at West Coast Green!

Today is the first day of West Coast Green, and this year's showhouse is a stunner! Designed by San Francisco-based Green Horizon, the self-sustaining prefab home is an immediately deployable emergency

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Portable buBbLe House Pops Up in a Snap

Portable buBbLe House Pops Up in a Snap

The real estate bubble may have burst, but we've found a better, more sustainable bubble to get into: The buBbLe Prototype! This inventive housing alternative is the result of a design collaboration

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THE AGE OF STUPID is coming to NYC – Sept 21st!

THE AGE OF STUPID is coming to NYC – Sept 21st!

IF YOU SEE ONE MOVIE THIS FALL - THIS IS THE ONE TO SEE! Everyone knows that hindsight is 20/20, but will we regret our lack of action on climate change in the year 2020? That's what The Age of Stupid,

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NOAH: Mammoth Pyramid Megacity for New Orleans

NOAH: Mammoth Pyramid Megacity for New Orleans

An Arcology is essentially a mega city that packs a ginormous population into one hyperstructure - think the Death Star, Zion in The Matrix or the Anthill of Antz fame. Now, a real-life group of

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Earthquake-Proof Wood House Survives 7.5 Magnitude Quake

Earthquake-Proof Wood House Survives 7.5 Magnitude Quake

If you're in search of a home that can withstand even the most powerful natural disasters, the solution might reside in the nearest tree. A team of researchers from five universities are currently working

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Invisibility Cloaks May Shield Buildings From Earthquakes

Invisibility Cloaks May Shield Buildings From Earthquakes

We all know that invisibility cloaks can protect Harry Potter from Filch and his cat Mrs. Norris, but now physicists in France and the UK say they may be used to hide buildings from the devastating

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Green Roofed Cooper Point House Blends Into Big Sur

Green Roofed Cooper Point House Blends Into Big Sur

Fading right into the Big Sur landscape, this three-bedroom house is nearly invisible when viewed from certain angles. And that's just how Mickey Muennig, the mastermind behind the project, wanted it. The

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PREFAB FRIDAY: Tiny Portable Paco Unit Home

PREFAB FRIDAY: Tiny Portable Paco Unit Home

Generally speaking a home needs to have a place to sleep, eat and groom. Beyond that, everything else is just extraneous. That's why Japanese designers Jo Nagasaka and Schemata Architecture Office teamed

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PLAY PUMP: Merry-Go-Round Water Pump!

PLAY PUMP: Merry-Go-Round Water Pump!

We all know kids have boundless amounts of energy and a need to play - so why not channel some of that energy into much needed rural infrastructure? That was the brilliant idea behind the PlayPump: a

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12-Year-Old Whiz Kid Makes Homeless Shelter from Trash

12-Year-Old Whiz Kid Makes Homeless Shelter from Trash

We're big fans of Buckminster Fuller's legacy of uber-efficient domes here at Inhabitat, so imagine our excitement when we heard that 12-year old whiz kid Max Wallack recently developed a sturdy geodesic

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Make It Right Goes LEED Platinum

Make It Right Goes LEED Platinum

Having lost over 14,000 occupants to the floods of Katrina, the lower ninth ward is now tasked not only with rebuilding homes, but rebuilding community. Recently the Make It Right campaign gave an

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PREFAB FRIDAY: Reaction Housing Emergency Shelters

PREFAB FRIDAY: Reaction Housing Emergency Shelters

Emergency shelters have rightly become a fad in the design world. In the aftermath of the hurricanes and other natural disasters in the last few years, it became clear we had a ways to go in providing

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Protecting Storm Swept Coastlines With Oyster Shell Seawalls

Protecting Storm Swept Coastlines With Oyster Shell Seawalls

Photo by Sean Powers, University of South Alabama Coastal erosion is one of the most daunting problems that a seaside city or county can face. The loss of shorelines and coastal areas due to storm

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Solar Powered Mobile Emergency Response Studio

Solar Powered Mobile Emergency Response Studio

After Hurricane Katrina, Paul Villinski, a well-known New York-based artist, wanted to transport his studio to Louisiana to see the aftermath first-hand and create artwork in response. At the time he

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Solaleya Domes: Rotating UFO-Homes Land in America

Solaleya Domes: Rotating UFO-Homes Land in America

One of our favorite finds at this year's West Coast Green were these other-wordly and eco-friendly dome homes from Solaleya. Imagine a circular loft with plenty of skylights and a solar array on top,

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The Solar Stik Portable Power Generator

The Solar Stik Portable Power Generator

The Solar Stik™ is a small-scale energy generator that is capable of providing clean, green energy wherever it is needed most. The versatile system takes advantage of both solar and wind turbine

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Brad Pitt Breaks Ground in Louisiana with ‘Make It Right’

Brad Pitt Breaks Ground in Louisiana with ‘Make It Right’

The ground is breaking in New Orleans, and it's giving the Lower 9th Ward a reason to celebrate. Thanks to the effort and celebrity backing of a familiar face on Inhabitat, Brad Pitt’s Make it Right

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Sharp’s Earthquake Detecting Solar Streetlights

Sharp’s Earthquake Detecting Solar Streetlights

Although not as aesthetically pleasing as those bio-mimicking Leaf lamps, these solar streetlights not only provide ample nighttime lighting, but also offer assistance in the event of a major earthquake.

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DESIGN FOR DISASTER: The Accordion reCover Shelter

DESIGN FOR DISASTER: The Accordion reCover Shelter

With two million residents recently forced to evacuate the Gulf Coast, the need for emergency housing has never been more evident. There’s nothing flimsy about the intricate folds of the reCover

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LILYPAD: Floating City for Climate Change Refugees

LILYPAD: Floating City for Climate Change Refugees

There are very few urban design solutions that address housing the inevitable tide of displaced people that could arise as oceans swell under global warming. Certainly none are as spectacular as this

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New Orleans Rebuild Efforts Going for LEED Platinum

New Orleans Rebuild Efforts Going for LEED Platinum

The opportunity to rebuild New Orleans as an international example of sustainability comes in the aftermath of what is increasingly being recognized as the tipping point for global awareness of climate

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PREFAB 4th of July: Housing Beyond Borders

PREFAB 4th of July: Housing Beyond Borders

Happy 4th of July! With today being American Independence Day, we thought it a good time to reflect on how the U.S. is adapting to (and resisting) migration, particularly along the border of Mexico, where

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HIGH TECH OIL SPILL SOLUTION: oil busting robots

HIGH TECH OIL SPILL SOLUTION: oil busting robots

The OSP robot is an ingenious solution to something that has devastling effects on wildlife and the environment: oil spills. The faster a spill can be dealt with - the better the outcome. With this in

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Floating New Orleans to weather the storm

Floating New Orleans to weather the storm

It's been almost three years since New Orleans weathered Katrina's wrath, and debate still rages over plans to reconstruct the sunken city. Myriad options have surfaced ranging from rebuilding the levees

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LIFESAVER: World’s First Ultra Filtration Water Bottle

LIFESAVER: World’s First Ultra Filtration Water Bottle

Over the years, Milan has evolved from merely hosting a furniture fair every spring to having almost every street taken over by all types of innovative design every April. This year, sustainable design

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HELP AFH HELP MYANMAR CYCLONE VICTIMS

HELP AFH HELP MYANMAR CYCLONE VICTIMS

Always quick to act, Architecture For Humanity is quickly pulling together efforts to offer design services to the survivors left in Cyclone Nargis' wake this past Saturday. With more than two million

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Svalbard Global Seed Vault Opens in Norway

Svalbard Global Seed Vault Opens in Norway

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is now officially open as of last week, after nearly thirty years of planning. The facility is not only a storage space for seeds from all over the world, it's a gorgeous

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‘WHAT IF NYC?’ Competition Winners Announced

‘WHAT IF NYC?’ Competition Winners Announced

“What if….” The two-word phrase can imply both fear and anxiety as well as big ideas and hopeful possibility. And that was the idea behind the What if New York City? international Design

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