humanitarian design

Pick Up a Hammer for Habitat for Humanity’s National Women Build Week

Pick Up a Hammer for Habitat for Humanity’s National Women Build Week

INHABITAT: Can you tell us a little bit about National Women Build Week and what prompted Habitat for Humanity to start the event five years ago? Lisa Marie: Habitat’s Women Build and Lowe’s

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FlyingFlips’ Cool Artist-Designed Flip Flops Give Back to Those In Need

FlyingFlips’ Cool Artist-Designed Flip Flops Give Back to Those In Need

Summer is right around the corner, and if you're one who hates crowded toes and sweaty feet, we've got a great set of flip flops that will help your tootsies beat the heat. FlyingFlips, a new project

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F.L.O.E.! Is Bringing Earthbag Construction to Rural Nepal

F.L.O.E.! Is Bringing Earthbag Construction to Rural Nepal

F.L.O.E.! (For the Love of Earthbags!) is a design project in rural Nepal that is bringing the sustainable building method of earthbag construction to mountain communities. The project is an initiative

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Urban-Think Tank Awarded Silver Holcim Award For Colorful Community Center in São Paulo

Urban-Think Tank Awarded Silver Holcim Award For Colorful Community Center in São Paulo

Although Grotão is located in the center of the city, only one road connects it to the larger circulation systems of Sao Paulo, which limits the residents access to essential amenities. The goal of

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Kéré Architecture Wins Global Holcim Award With a Passive Cooling School in Burkino Faso

Kéré Architecture Wins Global Holcim Award With a Passive Cooling School in Burkino Faso

Kéré Architecture is a German firm with heaps of experience around the globe specializing in beautiful and effective humanitarian designs. Diébédo Francis Kéré and his firm were recently award the

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Smile Squared Launches Its Buy-One Give-One Eco-Friendly Bamboo Toothbrush

Smile Squared Launches Its Buy-One Give-One Eco-Friendly Bamboo Toothbrush

Smile Squared has launched a cool new program that gives an environmentally-friendly toothbrush to a child in need in a developing country for each one sold. Because dental care is an important part

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Alain Gilles’ Nomad Solar-Powered Portable Lamp is Much Safer Than Kerosene

Alain Gilles’ Nomad Solar-Powered Portable Lamp is Much Safer Than Kerosene

Addressing a string of deadly kerosene lamp accidents in slums that have killed hundreds of people and left even more homeless, designer Alain Gilles created a safer alternative called the Nomad solar

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AIA and Architecture for Humanity Team Up To Help Architects Respond To Disasters

AIA and Architecture for Humanity Team Up To Help Architects Respond To Disasters

Last month the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and nonprofit Architecture for Humanity teamed up to launch ArchitectsRebuild.org, a new website that promises to help architects contribute to

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Semi-Finalists for the 2012 Buckminster Fuller Challenge Announced!

Semi-Finalists for the 2012 Buckminster Fuller Challenge Announced!

This year's semifinalists range from familiar topics like Earth Hour and the Living Building Challenge, to a project that produces fuel and fertilizer from agricultural waste in Africa. A couple of teams

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Kony2012, Invisible Children, and Where Your Donations are Going

Kony2012, Invisible Children, and Where Your Donations are Going

If you've listened to the news or checked Facebook in the last few days, you've probably heard of - or watched - the record-breaking viral video called Kony 2012, which was produced and directed by the

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‘Mountain Band-Aid’ Transforms Strip-Mined Mountainside Into a Vertical Eco Village

‘Mountain Band-Aid’ Transforms Strip-Mined Mountainside Into a Vertical Eco Village

Mountain Band-Aid is a plan for a sustainable city designed to help mitigate mining damage in southern China while providing a place for local inhabitants to repopulate the countryside. From a distance,

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Bill Gates Calls on Global Community to Stabilize the World’s Food Supply

Bill Gates Calls on Global Community to Stabilize the World’s Food Supply

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation supports work in education and global development to a degree that few other foundations can claim - and now it's even taking on the problem of global agriculture

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The Fukushima Emergency Project Is a Pop-Up Shelter Providing Housing Relief for Disaster Victims

The Fukushima Emergency Project Is a Pop-Up Shelter Providing Housing Relief for Disaster Victims

Learning from the issues that arose in the aftermath of the Fukushima blast in Japan over one year ago, students at the Architecture School of Bordeaux have developed the Fukushima Emergency Project -- a

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Apple Begins Independent Monitoring of Foxconn and Other Factories in China

Apple Begins Independent Monitoring of Foxconn and Other Factories in China

Apple, the world's most valuable company and hip-technology supplier to the masses, has officially begun an independent monitoring process of the factories where more than 90% of Apple products are made.

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Architecture For Humanity Partners with AIA to Further Disaster Relief Efforts

Architecture For Humanity Partners with AIA to Further Disaster Relief Efforts

If you've ever wanted to get more involved with the good humanitarian work of Architecture For Humanity, there's an even better chance to volunteer now through your local chapters. The American Institute

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Building Trust International Unveils Winning School Design For Child Refugees in Burma

Building Trust International Unveils Winning School Design For Child Refugees in Burma

Through their School 4 Burma competition, Building Trust International aimed to provide a modular educational facility for Burmese child migrants and refugees - and the winners have finally been

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University of Texas Students Integrate Sustainability and Education With Africa’s Promise Village School

University of Texas Students Integrate Sustainability and Education With Africa’s Promise Village School

In the Spring of 2011, graduate students in Professor Garrison's vertical design studio were tasked with the design of a school in rural Tanzania. Seeking sustainable design advice, Dr. Gunn, the

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TYIN Tegnestue Architects Build Beautiful Community Library in Bangkok Using Recycled Materials

TYIN Tegnestue Architects Build Beautiful Community Library in Bangkok Using Recycled Materials

Measuring only 10 feet by 30 feet, The Old Market Library was built in one of Bangkok's poorest areas for only $4,500. Featuring different spaces for different functions, the lower reading room has a

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Klong Toey Community Lantern is a Multi-Use Sustainable Social Center in the Heart of Bangkok

Klong Toey Community Lantern is a Multi-Use Sustainable Social Center in the Heart of Bangkok

Klong Toey (or Khlong Toei) is the largest and oldest area of slum dwellings in Bangkok with more than 140,000 people living in sub-standard housing with little to no rights. With a lack of public

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Architecture for Humanity Reports They’ve Helped Tens of Thousands in the Wake of the Haiti Earthquake

Architecture for Humanity Reports They’ve Helped Tens of Thousands in the Wake of the Haiti Earthquake

When a massive earthquake struck Haiti two years ago today, the damage was staggering. Hundreds of thousands of people were displaced and entire towns were reduced to rubble. In the wake of the

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HOK Teams Up With USGBC to Unveil Sustainable Orphanage and Children’s Center for Haiti

HOK Teams Up With USGBC to Unveil Sustainable Orphanage and Children’s Center for Haiti

The U.S. Green Building Council recently announced that it has selected HOK as an official design partner for Project Haiti - a building designed to LEED Platinum principles that will replace a

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One Laptop Per Child Will Unveil Its 8-Inch XO 3.0 Tablet at CES

One Laptop Per Child Will Unveil Its 8-Inch XO 3.0 Tablet at CES

This week, non-profit organization One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) will be debuting its brand new 8-inch XO 3.0 tablet at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show. OLPC, which brings technology to children in

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Telaithrion Will Be Greece’s First Ever Eco-Community

Telaithrion Will Be Greece’s First Ever Eco-Community

Even those of us who aren't so savvy about economics know that Greece is in big trouble - but the country’s very first eco-community, which is currently under construction, offers a green glimmer of

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Studio Kalkwijk’s WakaWaka is a Super-Efficient Solar LED and Charger Developed for Rural Africa

Studio Kalkwijk’s WakaWaka is a Super-Efficient Solar LED and Charger Developed for Rural Africa

Electricity and lighting is something we often take for granted, but millions around the world live in areas lacking the proper infrastructure to even support turning on a lamp. In Africa, the market for

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Studio H Receives $40,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts!

Studio H Receives $40,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts!

Inhabitat would like to extend a super special congratulations to one of our favorite humanitarian programs, Studio H. The intensive high school design/build program has just received a hefty $40,000

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Yellow Leaf Hammocks Helps Empower Marginalized Hill Tribes in Thailand

Yellow Leaf Hammocks Helps Empower Marginalized Hill Tribes in Thailand

Yellow Leaf Hammocks is a project started by a San Francisco group dedicated to improving the livelihoods of marginalized hill tribes in rural Thailand. While the hammock at first glance looks like a

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Mario Cucinella’s 20 Bright Green Schools in Gaza Will Educate up to 16,000 Children

Mario Cucinella’s 20 Bright Green Schools in Gaza Will Educate up to 16,000 Children

Mario Cucinella has designed a gorgeous prototype for the first of twenty green schools that will soon pop up throughout the Gaza Strip at a price of $2 million a pop. Combining contemporary sustainable

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The Liina Transitional Modular Shelter Needs No Tools for Assembly

The Liina Transitional Modular Shelter Needs No Tools for Assembly

The building blocks for the Liina Shelter are prefabricated, wooden sandwich panels built from plywood and LVL (laminated veneer lumber) panels with wood-fiber insulation. The panels are lightweight and

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Burton Street Peace Garden’s Learning Pavilion Was Built From Recycled Materials for $3,900

Burton Street Peace Garden’s Learning Pavilion Was Built From Recycled Materials for $3,900

The Peace Gardens were started by local couple who set out to clean up the area and provide a space where youth could learn about environmental and social justice through hands-on experience. The area was

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Ted Moallem’s Braille-It Labeler Prints Tactile Labels for the Blind

Ted Moallem’s Braille-It Labeler Prints Tactile Labels for the Blind

Blind people have been long overlooked when it comes to social advancement and technological innovation, and Moallem's labeler offers a simple, affordable solution that will have its largest impact in the

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