humanitarian design

Brilliant shoe grows five sizes so kids can wear it for five years

Brilliant shoe grows five sizes so kids can wear it for five years

Like every great story, The Shoe That Grows began with someone seeing a need and figuring out a way to fill that need. In 2007, Kenton Lee was living in Nairobi, Kenya. While walking to church one day, he

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Leicestershire Master Gardeners offer free food-growing support for local people and communities

Leicestershire Master Gardeners offer free food-growing support for local people and communities

If you happen to live in Leicestershire, UK, and have always dreamt of growing your own food, you're in luck.

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INFOGRAPHIC: The Zayed Future Energy Prize celebrates achievements in renewable energy and sustainability

INFOGRAPHIC: The Zayed Future Energy Prize celebrates achievements in renewable energy and sustainability

If you're not yet familiar with the Zayed Future Energy Prize, check it out! It celebrates achievements that reflect impact, innovation, vision and leadership in renewable energy and sustainability. The

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Hand Over is raising funds to provide sustainable housing in Cairo’s slums

Hand Over is raising funds to provide sustainable housing in Cairo’s slums

An astonishing 47% of Egypt's slums are in Cairo's, whose 6 million inhabitants are living in a chronically underdeveloped environment. A group of dedicated Engineering students are working to create a

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Design without Borders Creates a Unisex Ecological Urinal for the Slums of Uganda

Design without Borders Creates a Unisex Ecological Urinal for the Slums of Uganda

One of the biggest culprits of disease and death in slum areas around the world is the lack of sanitary toilets. There are several places in Uganda’s capital Kampala where, on average, 1000 people have

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These Beautiful Customized 3D-Printed Prosthetic Legs Are Made to Be Seen

These Beautiful Customized 3D-Printed Prosthetic Legs Are Made to Be Seen

Unlike the one-size-fits-all mentality that is dominant in the medical device manufacturing industry, the company uses image-based 3D scanning technology to capture the shape of the sound leg and adjust

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INFOGRAPHIC: Are you living in an age-friendly city?

INFOGRAPHIC: Are you living in an age-friendly city?

By 2020, the number of people worldwide who are aged 65 or older will outnumber children under the age of 5. Citizens of advanced age have a very different set of needs than younger generations, and city

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United Nations to send 10,000 flat-packed IKEA shelters to refugees worldwide

United Nations to send 10,000 flat-packed IKEA shelters to refugees worldwide

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR) has partnered with social enterprise Better Shelter to move forward on a plan to bring 10,000 of IKEA’s incredible solar-powered flat pack

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Naked filter is an affordable and easy solution to clean healthy water

Naked filter is an affordable and easy solution to clean healthy water

The lack of access to clean water is a major humanitarian problem around the world. Silicon Valley startup Liquidity Nanotech wants to help solve that issue by bringing clean, healthy drinking water to

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India’s “Water Gandhi” harvests rainwater to transform dust bowls into lush agricultural areas

India’s “Water Gandhi” harvests rainwater to transform dust bowls into lush agricultural areas

By using an ancient method of rainwater harvesting, Rajendra Singh is bringing about massive change to drought-stricken areas of India. 30 years ago, Singh visited Rajasthan--one of the most

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Donate now to help Project H students build tiny homes to help their community

Donate now to help Project H students build tiny homes to help their community

https://vimeo.com/121906128 Project H is a non-profit organization based in California that encourages creativity among young people in the community. Working with a group of designers and architects,

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China’s petite Pinch Library wins big in 2014 design awards

China’s petite Pinch Library wins big in 2014 design awards

In an earthquake-ravaged village in the Yunnan Province of China, architects John Lin and Olivier Ottevaere built the Pinch library, a wave-roofed community center that doubles as a play structure and a

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Recycled diamonds provide an ethical choice for glittering milestone gifts

Recycled diamonds provide an ethical choice for glittering milestone gifts

  "Diamonds are forever" might have been the title of a James Bond film, but that statement is actually very true: these sparkling little bits of ultra-compressed carbon are made of one of the

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Capsula Mundi burial pods can turn cemeteries into forests

Capsula Mundi burial pods can turn cemeteries into forests

Most of us have likely had the opportunity to visit a cemetery at some point, and walked through the endless rows of cold marble headstones and weeping angel statues. An Italian design company called

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What happened to Architecture For Humanity?

What happened to Architecture For Humanity?

Architecture for Humanity, one of the foremost humanitarian building initiatives in history, shut down operations on January 1st, 2015. Despite the significant public funding and grants that it received

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How BioLite camping stoves are saving lives in developing countries

How BioLite camping stoves are saving lives in developing countries

Approximately 3 billion people around the world lack access to modern energy, and cook over open flames that billow smoke and cause severe respiratory illnesses. In fact, more premature deaths occur from

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Earth Home Project helps Pakistani villagers rebuild homes destroyed by floods

Earth Home Project helps Pakistani villagers rebuild homes destroyed by floods

Earth Home Project investigates the rising challenges people in Pakistan and other developing countries have to face. The focus is on trying to find applicable solutions for people to erect affordable

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Want to learn sustainable building in Laos, and help save some bears?

Want to learn sustainable building in Laos, and help save some bears?

Building Trust International is offering a hands-on participatory workshop in Laos this April/May, where volunteers will gain experience in sustainable building techniques and design, while helping to

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Brad Pitt’s Make it Right Foundation releases six new affordable home designs for its Kansas City Manheim Park project

Brad Pitt’s Make it Right Foundation releases six new affordable home designs for its Kansas City Manheim Park project

The Make it Right foundation is expanding its affordable housing in Kansas City, Missouri with the addition of six single-family home designs. In 2013, Make it Right started the Manheim Park project, an

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Brilliant sleeping bag transforms into a tent to provide shelter for homeless

Brilliant sleeping bag transforms into a tent to provide shelter for homeless

Winters for the homeless can be an incredibly challenging time, so Carnegie Mellon University challenged its students to create temporary, economically viable shelters for people living on the streets. A

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Clever modular mobility aid helps those with disabilities in the developing world

Clever modular mobility aid helps those with disabilities in the developing world

A modular kit of interchangeable mobility aid parts from crutches to walking frames is set to change the lives of some of the world’s poorest people with disabilities thanks to a design engineering

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Architecture for Humanity headquarters shuts down

Architecture for Humanity headquarters shuts down

Architecture for Humanity, the international nonprofit that addresses global humanitarian problems with sustainable architectural solutions, recently shut down its San Francisco headquarters. The

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Help fund the brilliant Warka Water tower to pull drinking water out of thin air

Help fund the brilliant Warka Water tower to pull drinking water out of thin air

The Warka Water project was inspired by a trip the design team took in 2012 to isolated villages in northeast Ethiopia that lacked access to clean and safe water. Determined to improve the villagers’

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8 Toilet Designs That Could Save Millions of Lives Around the World

8 Toilet Designs That Could Save Millions of Lives Around the World

Ecological Urinal The Ecological Urinal was created as a solution for places like Uganda's capital, Kampala, where on average, 1,000 people have to share the same toilet. The make-shift urinal is an

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Towering Qatar World Cup Memorial raises awareness about immigrant worker death toll

Towering Qatar World Cup Memorial raises awareness about immigrant worker death toll

The tower commemorates the workers who died while constructing the World Cup Stadium for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. As the construction continues, the death toll keeps adding up as more workers are

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IKEA’s extraordinary solar-powered disaster shelters receive honorary design award

IKEA’s extraordinary solar-powered disaster shelters receive honorary design award

In 2013, the formidable team sought to design easily deployable shelters that not only provided for the basic needs of those requiring emergency housing, but that could also provide more than a simple

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Orkidstudio builds passive solar African orphanage using earthbag construction

Orkidstudio builds passive solar African orphanage using earthbag construction

The Nakuru earthbag orphanage stands out from the surrounding architectural typology, which is dominated by stone and concrete homes. The use of local earth as the primary construction material not only

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3 great holiday gift ideas that help protect wild birds

3 great holiday gift ideas that help protect wild birds

If the people on your gift list this year are ardent bird lovers, then you might like to look into gift ideas that also benefit our little feathered friends. Since wild bird numbers have been dwindling

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Disposable Toilet Can Help Grow Crops in Developing Nations

Disposable Toilet Can Help Grow Crops in Developing Nations

It's hard to imagine something as filthy as a toilet being used to grow food. Yet that's exactly what one Swedish architect hopes to do in the developing world. Anders Wilhelmson is working on the Peepoo,

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23-Year-Old Wins Dyson Award With Inflatable Baby Incubator Developing Countries Can Afford

23-Year-Old Wins Dyson Award With Inflatable Baby Incubator Developing Countries Can Afford

James Roberts, a 23-year-old recent graduate of Loughborough University in the U.K., has just been announced as the international winner of  the 2014 James Dyson Award. His winning project was truly

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