humanitarian design

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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Flatpack Emergency Shelters Pop up in a Snap Without Any Mechanical Tools

Flatpack Emergency Shelters Pop up in a Snap Without Any Mechanical Tools

Showcased in Brisbane’s King George Square last year and Melbourne’s Federation Square last month, the emergency shelter is a small cubic unit made up of six interlocking plywood panels. This permits

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Scientists in Croatia Train Honeybees to Detect Landmines

Scientists in Croatia Train Honeybees to Detect Landmines

Bees have already done a host of great services for the human race - they pollinate flowers, cure diseases, and produce honey. Now scientists in Croatia have found another role for the intrepid insect.

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The Baker Stove is a Safer, Energy-Efficient Cookstove for the Developing World

The Baker Stove is a Safer, Energy-Efficient Cookstove for the Developing World

The majority of women in the developing world do their cooking on what is called a "three-stone fire": three stones supporting a pot with a fire beneath it. That type of fire is both inefficient, because

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BVN Architecture Unveils 3D Puzzle Emergency Shelter at Melbourne Exhibition

BVN Architecture Unveils 3D Puzzle Emergency Shelter at Melbourne Exhibition

The Melbourne Emergency Shelter Exhibition lasted from May 1-5, 2013 and was held in Federation Square where leading architects from the area designed and built emergency shelters. The purpose of the

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13 Things We Learned from Some of the World’s Smartest People at Fortune Brainstorm Green 2013

13 Things We Learned from Some of the World’s Smartest People at Fortune Brainstorm Green 2013

For those who think that environmentalism is just for hippies, actor Harrison Ford and Peter Seligman, Chairman and CEO of Conservation International, kicked off the conference with a discussion that

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The Maria Grazia Cutuli School Provides a Safe Haven for Children in Afghanistan

The Maria Grazia Cutuli School Provides a Safe Haven for Children in Afghanistan

The innovative school was built as an homage to Maria Grazia Cutuli, an Italian journalist murdered in Afghanistan in 2001. The school’s designed is like a small walled village, giving students

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At Least 340 People Dead in Bangladesh Factory Collapse

At Least 340 People Dead in Bangladesh Factory Collapse

Photo by Andrew Biraj for Reuters The death toll at the horrific garment factory collapse that occurred earlier this week has now risen to 340. According to the Institute for Global Labour and Human

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LIFESAVER Jerrycans Literally Save Lives with 5 Gallons of Pure Drinking Water

LIFESAVER Jerrycans Literally Save Lives with 5 Gallons of Pure Drinking Water

Gizmag reports that the LIFESAVER Jerrycan eliminates 99.999995 percent of bacteria and 99.999 percent of viruses is contaminated water, making it a fantastic solution for people who live in areas that

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Matternet’s Battery-Powered Drones Could Bring Supplies and Disaster Relief to Remote Areas

Matternet’s Battery-Powered Drones Could Bring Supplies and Disaster Relief to Remote Areas

While drones are typically—and quite reasonably—associated with the horrors of modern warfare, California-based startup Matternet, Inc. hopes that a network of peaceful unmanned aerial vehicles could

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Gates Foundation Offers $100,000 For Next Generation Condom Design

Gates Foundation Offers $100,000 For Next Generation Condom Design

Last year, the Gates Foundation held a competition to redesign the toilet. Turning its sights from sanitation to overpopulation, the nonprofit has now announced a challenge to reinvent the condom. By way

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Soccket: Amazing Energy-Generating Soccer Ball Launches on Kickstarter!

Soccket: Amazing Energy-Generating Soccer Ball Launches on Kickstarter!

Designed and assembled in the U.S., Soccket uses Uncharted Play’s patent-pending mechanism that captures and stores the kinetic power generated through kicking the ball. The small pendulum inside the

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Cardborigami Pop-Up Shelters Create Instant Space for Homeless and Festival-Goers

Cardborigami Pop-Up Shelters Create Instant Space for Homeless and Festival-Goers

Hovesepian’s origami-inspired shelter has made waves at shows like Dwell on Design, Open Borders, and the “Hobos to Street People” exhibition at the Riverside Metropolitan Museum. The shelter

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Modularflex Disaster Shelters Pop Up Where They Are Needed Most

Modularflex Disaster Shelters Pop Up Where They Are Needed Most

Anyone who has ever struggled to pitch a tent can attest to how difficult it can be to assemble a temporary shelter. Add the stress of a natural calamity, and every second saved by quick and simple

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The Congo Street Initiative Revived a Downtrodden Dallas Neighborhood With Renovated Green Homes

The Congo Street Initiative Revived a Downtrodden Dallas Neighborhood With Renovated Green Homes

Before work began, Congo Street was a collection of small houses in a state of disrepair. Many residents had lived there for years in houses that had been handed down from parents or grandparents, but the

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Scrapped Ambulance Transformed into Inspiring Playground for Disabled Children in Malawi

Scrapped Ambulance Transformed into Inspiring Playground for Disabled Children in Malawi

After clearing the small plot of land adjacent to the hospital, van Baarsen and van Hoeckel livened the space up with some recycled materials turned into an inspiring pseudo hospital. In addition to the

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PureMadi Uses Ceramics and Nanoparticle Technology to Purify Water in Developing Nations

PureMadi Uses Ceramics and Nanoparticle Technology to Purify Water in Developing Nations

In developing nations, access to clean water is a major humanitarian issue - so much so that numerous non-profits and foundations are dedicated specifically to providing access to basic sanitation.

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Kunle Adeyemi Designs a Solar-Powered Floating School for the Flood-Prone Coastline of Nigeria

Kunle Adeyemi Designs a Solar-Powered Floating School for the Flood-Prone Coastline of Nigeria

For the community of Makoko of Lagos, Nigeria life on the water is nothing new. Prone to flooding, residents have dealt with encroaching waters for generations by building houses on stilts and using

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New Jerusalem Orphanage is a Vibrant Shipping Container Home for South African Kids

New Jerusalem Orphanage is a Vibrant Shipping Container Home for South African Kids

Two sisters established the orphanage in 2000 in order to care for children in the Midrand who have been either abandoned or orphaned because of poverty, HIV or other social problems. Due to expansion,

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Two US Students Develop Affordable Ceramic Water Filtration System for Kenya

Two US Students Develop Affordable Ceramic Water Filtration System for Kenya

Two US students from Penn State University have developed an affordable ceramic water filtration system for Africa’s Sub-Saharan countries. The system is based on a design by the non-profit organization

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Project Phoenix: Soccer Stadium Complex To Be Built Over Earthquake Rubble in Cite Soleil, Haiti

Project Phoenix: Soccer Stadium Complex To Be Built Over Earthquake Rubble in Cite Soleil, Haiti

Renderings of a new soccer stadium for Cite Soleil, Port-au-Prince, Haiti have been released as part of the non-profit Project Phoenix’s philanthropic investment for the young people of the

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Konbit Super-Adobe Shelters are Helping a Rural Haitian Village Rebuild

Konbit Super-Adobe Shelters are Helping a Rural Haitian Village Rebuild

In January 2010, this group of artists, builders, architects, and engineers asked themselves how they could use their skills and talents to help people in Haiti rebuilt their lives. Settling on the

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GravityLight Is a Cheap, Green Weight-Powered Alternative to Solar Lamps

GravityLight Is a Cheap, Green Weight-Powered Alternative to Solar Lamps

London-based designers Martin Riddiford and Jim Reeves — from Therefore.com – spent four years developing a light that would provide a viable alternative to kerosene and sun-powered lamps for

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Fast-growing Bamboo Keeps Costs Low for Tiny Vo Trong Nghia Housing Prototype in Viet Nam

Fast-growing Bamboo Keeps Costs Low for Tiny Vo Trong Nghia Housing Prototype in Viet Nam

There are two prototypes. One is 22.5 square meters and the other is 18 square meters. The compact design is achieved in part by transferring the kitchen and bathroom outdoors, which will be a shared

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WATERBANK School Harvests Rainwater for Underprivileged Students in Kenya

WATERBANK School Harvests Rainwater for Underprivileged Students in Kenya

A new design for rural schools could revolutionize Kenya's education system. British architects Jane Harrison and David Turnbill worked with Atopia Research to design the WATERBANK school in Nigare Nyiro,

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Pepe Heykoop’s Paper Vase Turns an Ordinary Bottle Into a Contemporary Flower Pot

Pepe Heykoop’s Paper Vase Turns an Ordinary Bottle Into a Contemporary Flower Pot

Dutch designer Pepe Heykoop has created a simple Paper Vase that turns any empty bottle into a contemporary object. Made from white coated paper that is both waterproof and strong, this flat-pack design

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UK Plans to Retrofit Shipping Containers from Amsterdam Into Housing to Help Fight Homelessness

UK Plans to Retrofit Shipping Containers from Amsterdam Into Housing to Help Fight Homelessness

Shipping container photo from Shutterstock Shipping containers offer a surprisingly versatile foundation for small-scale, sturdy homes - they're readily available, relatively inexpensive, and easy to

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Mine Kafon: Wind-Propelled Bamboo Sphere Designed to Clear Landmines

Mine Kafon: Wind-Propelled Bamboo Sphere Designed to Clear Landmines

The toys Massoud and his brother Mahmud built as children were created from a variety of  found materials, but all were propelled by the desert’s string winds. For his final project at the Design

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Waterstudio.nl Proposes Floating City Apps To Aid Slums Affected By Rising Sea Levels

Waterstudio.nl Proposes Floating City Apps To Aid Slums Affected By Rising Sea Levels

Wet slums are slum communities that live in conjunction with the water and many occur around the world. The connection to the water also puts them at risk for climate change and rising sea levels. To aid

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Six Things You Can Do To Help Hurricane Sandy Victims

Six Things You Can Do To Help Hurricane Sandy Victims

Photo via Shutterstock Donate Money to the Red Cross The American Red Cross is the number one disaster relief charity in the US, and it's far and away the most trusted and most popular charity that you

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