Disaster-proof design

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,

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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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Solar Energy Powering Reconstruction Efforts in Haiti

Solar Energy Powering Reconstruction Efforts in Haiti

The humanitarian emergency in Haiti has resulted in a complete loss of the country's power infrastructure. To bring it back, a host of companies and aid agencies are using the most plentiful resource on

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Architecture For Humanity and A Different Approach to Haiti

Architecture For Humanity and A Different Approach to Haiti

Red+Housing Emergency Housing by OBRA Architects Inhabitat recently wrote about Emergency Shelters and Disaster Relief For The People of Haiti and how Shipping Containers Could Provide Disaster Relief

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Shipping Containers Could Provide Disaster Relief For Haiti

Shipping Containers Could Provide Disaster Relief For Haiti

The thought of using shipping containers as housing in disaster torn areas certainly isn't new, but up until now it was only a concept. Now, a group of researchers from Clemson University, called SEED,

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Emergency Shelters and Disaster Relief For The People of Haiti

Emergency Shelters and Disaster Relief For The People of Haiti

Our hearts reach out to the people of Haiti who are trying to pick up the pieces in the aftermath of this week's horrific earthquake. The country still has an incredibly long road ahead of them - first,

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CONCRETE CLOTH: Flexible Material Makes Durable Disaster Shelters

CONCRETE CLOTH: Flexible Material Makes Durable Disaster Shelters

When a disaster strikes, it's often difficult to get shelters up in time for displaced residents. Enter Concrete Canvas's new Concrete Cloth, a durable waterproof building material made of cement

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World’s Largest Earthquake-Proof Building Completed in Istanbul

World’s Largest Earthquake-Proof Building Completed in Istanbul

Istanbul's brand new Sabiha Gökçen International Airport airport terminal opened on October 31st of this year and is now the world's largest earthquake-proof building. Named after the world's first

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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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