humanitarian design

Vote and Help Studio H Win a $10k Grant to Promote Design/Build Rural Education!

Vote and Help Studio H Win a $10k Grant to Promote Design/Build Rural Education!

Help support design in public education by voting for Project H's high school program, Studio H! The humanitarian design firm has taken on an ambitious project in the poorest county in North Carolina: a

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Prince Charles to Become Slumlord Millionaire of Eco Community in India

Prince Charles to Become Slumlord Millionaire of Eco Community in India

The Prince of Wales is taking time out of his royal activities to work on a new pet project - an 'eco-utopia' in the slums of India. Prince Charles and his charity, The Prince’s Foundation for the Built

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Brilliant Toolbox Transforms Into a Table or Bench

Brilliant Toolbox Transforms Into a Table or Bench

Marlon Dabreau wants us all to live in a multifunctional world -- why have many objects that do one thing when you can design everything to be multi-purpose? His Peera toolbox is a perfect example of a

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Clinton Bush Haiti Fund Gives $800,000 to Architecture for Humanity

Clinton Bush Haiti Fund Gives $800,000 to Architecture for Humanity

Almost 11 months after a catastrophic earthquake leveled buildings and killed thousands in Haiti, the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund has decided to give $800,000 to Architecture for Humanity to go towards their

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NEW PHOTOS: Canstruction Sculptures Made Entirely From Cans!

NEW PHOTOS: Canstruction Sculptures Made Entirely From Cans!

Just last week we brought you a peek at the incredible winners of this year's NYC’s Canstruction competition, which challenges engineers, architects, contractors, and students to create massive

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Emily Pilloton Gives TED Talk on Designing for Social Change!

Emily Pilloton Gives TED Talk on Designing for Social Change!

We’re excited to announce that former Inhabitat editor Emily Pilloton, and superstar founder of humanitarian design organization Project H Design, has just made her TED video debut speaking about her

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Jointhepipe: Brilliant Water Bottle Wins 2010 Dutch Design Award

Jointhepipe: Brilliant Water Bottle Wins 2010 Dutch Design Award

Jointhepipe.org is a project that has created a system and community to help distribute water across the globe. The team designed a durable reusable water bottle to act as a symbol and represent a bigger

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Nano Rescue House Provides Flexible Emergency Housing

Nano Rescue House Provides Flexible Emergency Housing

We've seen a lot of prefab homes designed for emergency habitation, but the Nano Rescue House is one of the most thoughtful designs we've seen yet. Each Nano can nearly double the living space by using a

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MoMA’s ‘Small Scale, Big Change’ Exhibit Opens Sunday in NYC

MoMA’s ‘Small Scale, Big Change’ Exhibit Opens Sunday in NYC

This Sunday MoMA will open their latest architectural exhibition Small Scale, Big Change: New Architectures of Social Engagement. This exhibit presents 11 architectural projects located in five

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Cardborigami Unfolds Into a Portable Housing Shelter

Cardborigami Unfolds Into a Portable Housing Shelter

During Hovsepian's time at school she explored architectural skins and came up with the idea to design a cheap, transportable emergency housing shelter specifically for the homeless. After many iterations

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US Gives $50 Million for Clean Burning Stoves in Developing World

US Gives $50 Million for Clean Burning Stoves in Developing World

Yesterday, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced a public-private partnership called the Global Alliance for Clean Cook Stoves to which the US government will donate $50 million to increase

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Life Cube Inflatable Emergency Shelter Sets Up in Just 5 Minutes

Life Cube Inflatable Emergency Shelter Sets Up in Just 5 Minutes

Life Cube offers 144 sq ft of instant emergency space and requires no tools to set up. The shelter arrives in a crate made from post-consumer recycled plastic shipping pallets and can be rolled if

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8 Kids Who Will Inspire You With Their Amazing Eco-Innovations

8 Kids Who Will Inspire You With Their Amazing Eco-Innovations

You may think today's kids just aren’t as crafty as you were back in the day, especially with all this entertainment technology at their fingertips - where's the imagination?! But think again. While

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8 Inspiring Green Kids and Their Eco-Innovations

8 Inspiring Green Kids and Their Eco-Innovations

As kids, most of us spent our days playing hopscotch, toying with action figures, maneuvering Tetris blocks, and wrestling with Donkey Kong. Not these creative tykes, however! These eight amazingly

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OLPC Will Offer $35 Laptop to India’s Children

OLPC Will Offer $35 Laptop to India’s Children

Earlier this summer we reported on One Laptop per Child’s (OLPC) efforts to create an affordable device able to bring technology into the hands of children in developing nations. Since then news has

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Top 6 Designs That Harness the Energy of Physical Play

Top 6 Designs That Harness the Energy of Physical Play

It’s often hard not to succumb to the built-in stimuli of digital entertainment - especially when it's everywhere we turn. But we often forget that there’s a lot to be had with just one’s

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Old Cigarette Vending Machines Repurposed to Dispense Books

Old Cigarette Vending Machines Repurposed to Dispense Books

German publishing company Hamburger Automatenverlag found a brilliant new use for old cigarette vending machines — instead of icky cigarettes, the re-purposed “machines” carry a series

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African Doctor Invents Female Condom with ‘Teeth’ to Fight Sex Assault

African Doctor Invents Female Condom with ‘Teeth’ to Fight Sex Assault

This week, the world is turning its attention to Africa for the World Cup games, but a terrible problem that's been plaguing the continent for years is still going largely ignored. According to Human

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VIDEO: Architecture for Humanity is Helping Haiti Rebuild

VIDEO: Architecture for Humanity is Helping Haiti Rebuild

Architecture for Humanity is network of over 40,000 design professionals around the world who donate their services to helping to improve lives of people in need. Every year they build buildings and

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VIDEO: Worldbike’s Big Boda Transports Cargo and Improves Lives

VIDEO: Worldbike’s Big Boda Transports Cargo and Improves Lives

Over a billion people in the world don't have access to transportation. Worldbike is trying to fight that problem with great design as their weapon. Founder Ross Evans created Worldbike a decade ago on a

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Cheap Solar Refrigerator for Vaccines Could Save Millions of Lives

Cheap Solar Refrigerator for Vaccines Could Save Millions of Lives

Talk about “green design to save the world” — Appropriate Technology Collaborative has developed a solar powered refrigerator for vaccines that stands to save millions of lives lost each

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The 2010 Buckminster Fuller Institute 2010 Challenge Winner!

The 2010 Buckminster Fuller Institute 2010 Challenge Winner!

Buckminster Fuller was an amazing visionary of a man: architect, engineer and one of the first true “green designers” of the modern era, so it should come as no surprise that we’re big

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Students Develop Radar Device to Help Blind People “See”

Students Develop Radar Device to Help Blind People “See”

Students in Israel at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev have developed new technology that allows blind people to “see” objects around them through a simple radar system. The device

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Buy It Now! Project H’s Design Revolution Road Show Airstream

Buy It Now! Project H’s Design Revolution Road Show Airstream

Project H's Design Revolution Road Show Airstream trailer is now up for auction on eBay! The shiny silver rig just finished its 9,500-mile, 36-city trek across the country promoting humanitarian product

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Operation Hope Wins 100K Buckminster Fuller Challenge!

Operation Hope Wins 100K Buckminster Fuller Challenge!

We're thrilled to announce that The Buckminster Fuller Institute has just announced the winner of their third annual Buckminster Fuller Challenge, and this year's award goes to... Allan Savory for

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Project H Design Launches Education Initiative, Watch Them in Action!

Project H Design Launches Education Initiative, Watch Them in Action!

One our favorite design organizations Project H just launched their latest initiative which focuses on transforming the educational landscape through design. An organization founded by former Inhabitat

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VIDEO: Project H Design Launches New Education Initiative

VIDEO: Project H Design Launches New Education Initiative

If you've been a fan of Inhabitat for awhile, you may have noticed our love for the humanitarian design non-profit Project H Design. Founded by former Inhabitat Managing Editor Emily Pilloton, Project H

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OLPC to Unveil XO-3 Tablet Prototype by the End of This Year

OLPC to Unveil XO-3 Tablet Prototype by the End of This Year

The iPad may be a luxury item, but One Laptop per Child (OLPC) is working on an affordable device for the developing world that combines the features of a laptop, the Kindle, and the iPad -- and it might

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The Best Green Designs from Model Citizens 2010

The Best Green Designs from Model Citizens 2010

In stark contrast to the cavernous halls and thousands of booths at ICFF, Model Citizens brought together a carefully curated community of independent designers. We were thrilled by the originality and

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Students Transform Salad Spinner Into Life-Saving Centrifuge

Students Transform Salad Spinner Into Life-Saving Centrifuge

When's the last time you heard of a salad spinner that saves lives? Two Rice University students have transformed a simple salad spinner into an electricity-free centrifuge that can be used to diagnose

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