humanitarian design

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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Help Fund the Production of the Studio H Documentary!

Help Fund the Production of the Studio H Documentary!

We've written about the nonprofit design agency Project H Design, founded by Inhabitat colleague and humanitarian designer Emily Pilloton, many times before. Most recently, Emily and her Project H cohorts

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Vagalume Modular Eco-Libraries Will Cultivate Literacy & Protect the Amazon River

Vagalume Modular Eco-Libraries Will Cultivate Literacy & Protect the Amazon River

The Vagalume Eco Library is based on a modular bookshelf that the nonprofit distributes already. Assembled from 4 precut pieces, the shelves can be flat packed and transported via boat. Upon arrival to

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Tree Cards by Seed Our Future Help Businesses Plant Trees Around the World

Tree Cards by Seed Our Future Help Businesses Plant Trees Around the World

In a happy marriage of brand marketing and global restoration efforts, Tree Cards are a way for a business to encourage clients and customers to help developing communities become self-sustaining. Tree

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Africa’s First Plastic Bottle House Rises in Nigeria

Africa’s First Plastic Bottle House Rises in Nigeria

With a serious housing shortage but no shortage of plastic bottles littering the streets, the Development Association for Renewable Energies (DARE) - an NGO based in Nigeria - decided to build this

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Self-Sustaining Haiti Children’s Academy Breaks Ground Outside Port-au-Prince

Self-Sustaining Haiti Children’s Academy Breaks Ground Outside Port-au-Prince

Haiti Partners secured a 2.8 acre parcel in Bawosya, in the mountains 4 miles southeast of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The project will consist of eight classroom buildings with two classrooms each, as well as

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UNICEF Upcycles Oil Drums into Solar-Powered Digital Kiosks for Uganda

UNICEF Upcycles Oil Drums into Solar-Powered Digital Kiosks for Uganda

It is well-documented that improved access to information has the power to transform individuals and communities, so UNICEF contributed funding to bring 100 new computer kiosks powered by the sun to youth

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Eliodomestico: Solar Terracotta Water Filter Distills 5 Liters of Water a Day

Eliodomestico: Solar Terracotta Water Filter Distills 5 Liters of Water a Day

Diamanti's solar powered water filter is designed to provide drinking water for families in developing countries. Eliodomestico is a solar still that operates a bit like an upside-down coffee maker. At

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Makeshift Magazine Launch Celebrates Innovative Design in Unlikely Places

Makeshift Magazine Launch Celebrates Innovative Design in Unlikely Places

Each issue features in-depth articles and photography focused on a specific branch of informal creativity. In homage to Niti Bhan's blog REculture, the first edition highlights reuse, repair and recycling

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TYIN tegnestue’s Bathhouse at Safe Haven Orphanage Provides Low-Tech Sanitary Solutions For Thailand

TYIN tegnestue’s Bathhouse at Safe Haven Orphanage Provides Low-Tech Sanitary Solutions For Thailand

Completed over a two week period in January of 2009, the new bathhouse provides for the basic sanitation needs of the orphanage. Inside are two pit toilets, a western toilet, washbasins, a shower, and a

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Sarvajal’s Solar Powered Water ATM Franchises Provide Clean Water in India

Sarvajal’s Solar Powered Water ATM Franchises Provide Clean Water in India

Sarvajal, which is run by Piramal Water Private, was started back in 2008 and is a limited for-profit social enterprise with the mission of providing affordable, accessible and pure water for all. The

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South Africa’s Mankgaile Primary School Doubles as a Thriving Community Center

South Africa’s Mankgaile Primary School Doubles as a Thriving Community Center

The project was sponsored by PetroSA and now is the commanding focal point for the village in the Limpopo province. Replacing a set of basic and dilapidated buildings, the school is now an organized,

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Modular Cardboard Bed Provides Solutions for Emergency Housing

Modular Cardboard Bed Provides Solutions for Emergency Housing

The bed is formed from modular cardboard boxes folded together and then laid side by side. To make the box, two intersecting cardboard strips fold together to form an accordion support system. Then a

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MIT’s $1000 House Challenge Inspires Groundbreaking Designs

MIT’s $1000 House Challenge Inspires Groundbreaking Designs

Chui’s design is a series of repeated L-shaped walls made from earth blocks which are capped with a bamboo and corrugated roof. Each wall section is set 90 degrees from each other to create multiple

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Zambikes: Bamboo Bikes That Help Fight Poverty & Save Lives in Africa

Zambikes: Bamboo Bikes That Help Fight Poverty & Save Lives in Africa

Customized fixies may be all the rage in urban America nowadays, but even the simplest, cheapest bike is a rare sight in rural Africa. Fortunately, the bamboo from which to craft bikes grows on trees –

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7 Designs That Can Improve Your Health

7 Designs That Can Improve Your Health

Here at Inhabitat we believe that good design can save the world - and that includes everything from the environment we live in to personal health. In fact, our favorite designs are those that balance

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Containers To Clinics Provides Critical Medical Care in Haiti

Containers To Clinics Provides Critical Medical Care in Haiti

The containers are more complex than one would guess after a first glance. C2C partnered with Anshen + Allen Architects and Stack Design Build to design and build a prototype, and the team has

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Gigantic Water Harvesting Skyscrapers Could Solve Sudan’s Drought

Gigantic Water Harvesting Skyscrapers Could Solve Sudan’s Drought

Darfur's underground lake covers a distance of 19,110 square miles and has the potential to restore peace to a region ravaged by drought, however providing access to all that water has proven difficult.

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Solar-Powered Split Bathhouses Provide Sanitation for 700 Children in Gansu Province

Solar-Powered Split Bathhouses Provide Sanitation for 700 Children in Gansu Province

The bathhouse is composed of two rectangular buildings connected via a breezeway in the center. This public central space is covered in translucent panels and acts like a greenhouse, while doors on either

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Molo Employee Tests Indoor Emergency Softshelter Made From Expandable Paper

Molo Employee Tests Indoor Emergency Softshelter Made From Expandable Paper

Molo's Softshelter solution is made up of its expandable, accordion style paper room dividers, which it has been selling for many years. The walls are made from 100% recyclable paper with magnetic door

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Simulation Shows Towing an Entire Iceberg to Drought-Stricken Areas is Feasible

Simulation Shows Towing an Entire Iceberg to Drought-Stricken Areas is Feasible

In the 1970's, Georges Mougin was laughed at when he suggested that we should start towing icebergs from the polar ice caps to drought-ridden communities around the world to provide sources of fresh

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Backpacks for Kids Get Your Child (and a Child in Need) Ready for School

Backpacks for Kids Get Your Child (and a Child in Need) Ready for School

It's already time to start gearing up for the new school year, and while pencils and pads are on the top of our to-buy list, we've also been on the hunt for right pack to put all these new supplies into.

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MIT Students Install 10,000 Revolutionary Solar Bottle Lamps in Manila Slums

MIT Students Install 10,000 Revolutionary Solar Bottle Lamps in Manila Slums

Currently, millions of Filipinos live without any kind of light source at all, but a band of resourceful MIT students have begun changing that. The students found that a one liter plastic bottle filled

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Japanese Students Build a Pavilion from Thousands of Fish to Support Tsunami Reconstruction Efforts

Japanese Students Build a Pavilion from Thousands of Fish to Support Tsunami Reconstruction Efforts

Like many cities along the eastern seaboard of Japan affected by the tsunami, Kesennuma is struggling. While there are lots of fish still out swimming in the ocean waiting to be caught, the town's

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TOMS and The Row Collaborate on Limited Edition Cashmere and Italian Wool Shoes

TOMS and The Row Collaborate on Limited Edition Cashmere and Italian Wool Shoes

TOMS is venturing out from their comfy canvas haven and teaming up with Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's The Row to create a new line of luxury footwear. While keeping with the classic TOMS' aesthetic, the

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Shipping Container Learning Center Lands In Australian Aboriginal Community

Shipping Container Learning Center Lands In Australian Aboriginal Community

The student project was completed through a design/build course at the university as part of the Bower Studio, a program that works with indigenous communities to build the infrastructure. Over their

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Please Help Us Reach Our Goal of Donating $10,000 to Rebuild Japan!

Please Help Us Reach Our Goal of Donating $10,000 to Rebuild Japan!

YOUR CLICK COULD BE THE ONE THAT GETS US $10,000 TO REBUILD JAPAN! If you've been wanting to do something to help the thousands of victims of the natural disasters that tore through Japan a few months

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Chulha Stove Could Help Stop 1.6 Million Smoke Inhalation Deaths

Chulha Stove Could Help Stop 1.6 Million Smoke Inhalation Deaths

The Chulha is a low-tech stove for healthy indoor cooking designed through Phillip's Philanthropy By Design program. The stove has undergone many iterations since the project began and the project has

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