humanitarian design

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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The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Plans to Make a Waterless, More Sanitary Toilet

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Plans to Make a Waterless, More Sanitary Toilet

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is looking to reinvent the classic commode. Two and a half billion people in the world -- about 40% of the population -- don't have access to a safe and sanitary way

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SODIS: PET Bottles Can Serve as Cheap Solar Water Disinfection Systems

SODIS: PET Bottles Can Serve as Cheap Solar Water Disinfection Systems

1.2 billion people worldwide lack access to a clean water supply, and nearly 2 million children die each year just from diarrhea (which is often water-borne). SODIS solar water disinfection systems offer

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REBUILDING JAPAN: Architecture for Humanity Raises Hikado Marketplace from Tsunami Rubble

REBUILDING JAPAN: Architecture for Humanity Raises Hikado Marketplace from Tsunami Rubble

It's only been 3 months since a devastating earthquake and tsunami ripped through Japan, but the horrifying images have already begun to fade from the news and the public's mind - a situation that

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Japanese Robo-Suit Enables Paralyzed Man to Visit France

Japanese Robo-Suit Enables Paralyzed Man to Visit France

A 49-year-old Japanese man who has been paralyzed for 28 years since he was involved in a car accident is set to embark on a trip to France with the aid of this super high-tech robotic suit. The

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Haiti Simbi Hubs by Aditya Aachi Wins 2011 Foster + Partners Prize

Haiti Simbi Hubs by Aditya Aachi Wins 2011 Foster + Partners Prize

Each of the hubs scattered throughout Port-au-Prince have a series of facilities that ensure high sanitation standards even during natural disasters. Each facility provides space for hand and foot

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MIT Fab Lab Helping Villagers Build DIY Wireless Internet Networks With Found Materials

MIT Fab Lab Helping Villagers Build DIY Wireless Internet Networks With Found Materials

Here's an incredible story about upcycling and human ingenuity to brighten your weekend: the MIT Fab Lab is teaching people in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Kenya how to make their own DIY wireless internet

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Rice University Uses Graphite to Make Water Filtering “Super-Sand”

Rice University Uses Graphite to Make Water Filtering “Super-Sand”

Having clean water is a luxury that's only available to a portion of the global population - approximately one in eight people lack access to safe water supplies, and 3.575 million people die each year

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Pure Air: Prius Solar Power Ventilation System Modified to Clean Air in Huts

Pure Air: Prius Solar Power Ventilation System Modified to Clean Air in Huts

Witmer's inspiration from the idea came from his many camping trips where he cooks over open fires. Even though he cooks outdoors, the smoke from the fire still burns his eyes and irritates his lungs,

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Rapid Prototyping Brings ‘Ideas for Good’ to Life at CMU

Rapid Prototyping Brings ‘Ideas for Good’ to Life at CMU

Toyota's Ideas for Good challenge began just seven months ago when the company opened up five of its most innovative technologies and asked people to come up with ways they could be used outside of cars.

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Moonlight Solar Night Lights Eliminate Dangerous Kerosene Lamps In Cambodia

Moonlight Solar Night Lights Eliminate Dangerous Kerosene Lamps In Cambodia

As Mathieu Young was traveling around Cambodia he met two employees of KamWorks by accident outside a guesthouse one night, who introduced them to their work and the Moonlight. Young was able to visit

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Fábrica Social Helps Indigenous Mexican Women Preserve & Promote Their Crafts

Fábrica Social Helps Indigenous Mexican Women Preserve & Promote Their Crafts

Fábrica Social (social factory) is a Mexican non-profit NGO focused on promoting creative and economic liberty for female textile artisans through the development of sustainable co-ops. Founded in 2006

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Design Collective Suhab Works With Mexican Artisans to Promote Sustainable Living

Design Collective Suhab Works With Mexican Artisans to Promote Sustainable Living

Suhab’s broad range of eco-products are helping users shift easily towards sustainable habits through smart and sexy products with minimum environmental impact. The Mexican brand describes their work as

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Architecture for Humanity Founder Cameron Sinclair Becomes Advisor to President Obama

Architecture for Humanity Founder Cameron Sinclair Becomes Advisor to President Obama

The Obama Administration recently tapped Cameron Sinclair -- the founder of one of our favorite organizations, Architecture for Humanity -- to serve on an advisory committee for volunteer foreign aid

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Show Your Support for Grassroots Environmentalists and Check Out the Goldman Environmental Prize!

Show Your Support for Grassroots Environmentalists and Check Out the Goldman Environmental Prize!

The nominees for The Goldman Environmental Prize are selected confidentially by an international network of environmental organizations and individuals. From there, a jury made up of environmental leaders

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Colorful Sra Pou Vocational School is Hand Built Using Local Materials in Cambodia

Colorful Sra Pou Vocational School is Hand Built Using Local Materials in Cambodia

When the community of Sra Pou, Cambodia was relocated from the city of Phnom Penh to the countryside, their new home was severely lacking in basic infrastructure, a secure environment and a sustainable

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Football Legacy Center in Santa Cruz, Brazil Raises Awareness of Homelessness

Football Legacy Center in Santa Cruz, Brazil Raises Awareness of Homelessness

The 8th Annual Homeless World Cup drew homeless people from all over the world together to play soccer -- and the organization decided to go far beyond just hosting the tournament. They gave even more

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Breezy Bamboo Community for India Pays Homage to Local Culture

Breezy Bamboo Community for India Pays Homage to Local Culture

Great emphasis is put on shared spaces for a community that is accustomed to a vibrant street life. Areas that might be devoted to individual terracing (in a western context) are designed instead to

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Memsys Creates a Solar-Powered Shipping Container Desalination System

Memsys Creates a Solar-Powered Shipping Container Desalination System

Using a shipping container as the system shell, memsys created a solar-powered desalination system specifically designed for disaster relief.

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Norwegian Students Build Airy Bamboo and Teak Library for Thai Orphans

Norwegian Students Build Airy Bamboo and Teak Library for Thai Orphans

Looking for more than a vacation in southeast Asia, an amazing set of young, skilled students from Norway set out to change the future for a group of orphans in Thailand. TYIN Tegnestue is a non-profit

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Nelson Mandela Launches 46664 Clothing Line For Charity

Nelson Mandela Launches 46664 Clothing Line For Charity

Former South African president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela is the last person you'd expect to be dabbling in fashion, but then again, he's never been known for sticking to convention.

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Massive Pixilated PoroCity Transforms World’s Largest Slum

Massive Pixilated PoroCity Transforms World’s Largest Slum

The massive structure is based on 3x9 meter blocks that connect to make ever-escalating triangular structural elements. The basic habitation has a north facing terrace to allow private outdoor access. The

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Futuristic Farm House Designed to Collect Rainwater and Shelter Migrant Workers

Futuristic Farm House Designed to Collect Rainwater and Shelter Migrant Workers

Safe, durable and comfortable housing should be a given right for all migrant workers, but often it is not. Endemic's Farm House is a modest 800 sq ft home with a central living space surrounded by

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Field Architecture Empowers South African Township With Sustainable Ubuntu Center

Field Architecture Empowers South African Township With Sustainable Ubuntu Center

Inspired by Zwide's footprints, Stan Field designed a space for people to walk through, not to. Born in Port Elizabeth during the apartheid era, he felt that long footpaths through a loosely aggregated

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