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LAVAs’ Disaster Relief Prefab Pod Is Both Funky and Functional

Posted By Molly Cotter On September 1, 2011 @ 6:54 pm In Art,Design,Events,Gallery,News | No Comments

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Lava’s emergency shelter is designed for ultimate ease and comfort [1] in the worst of scenarios. Resembling an origami [2] pod, the unit can be cut out of local plywood and assembled or even be dropped off by helicopter in its completed form. A flat-pack is also available, where the pod would be folded [3] into a tiny parcel and filled with locally available emergency material.

The interior of LAVA’s emergency shelter can be carved out of recycled wood [4], cardboard, or even newspaper. Their prefab design includes sleeping space [5] for two adults and one child and another tiny slot for reading or eating. Battery or solar powered LED lights [6] illuminate the pod, turning the whole unit into a glowing lantern.

Though LAVA has created a model structure, they believe in the options and involvement [7] of its inhabitants, making sure all design features are flexible enough for individual expression.

The Emergency Shelter Exhibition aims to raise awareness of the need for aid [8]within a community in the event of natural disasters and the incredible role designers and architects could play in saving lives.

The weekend-long exhibition is being held at theĀ Customs House [9] forecourt in Sydney.

+ LAVA [10]

+ Emergency Shelter Exhibition [11]

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[1] comfort: http://inhabitat.com/floating-garden-spa-offers-a-relaxing-eco-retreat/

[2] origami: http://inhabitat.com/recyclable-lzf-alhambra-lamp-inspired-by-origami/

[3] folded: http://inhabitat.com/origami-phone-folds-down-into-a-flat-piece-of-cardboard/

[4] recycled wood: http://inhabitat.com/wood-pallets-repurposed-into-modular-furniture/

[5] sleeping space: http://inhabitat.com/berlin-factory-renovated-into-stunning-recyclable-livework-space/palomar5-sleep-cube/

[6] LED lights: http://inhabitat.com/led-light-fixtures-create-the-illusion-of-daylighting/

[7] involvement: http://inhabitat.com/prefab-friday-lot-ek-container-home-kit-cmk/

[8] need for aid : http://inhabitat.com/google-aids-in-japanese-earthquake-and-tsunami-by-designing-person-finder-tool/

[9] Customs House: http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/customshouse/

[10] + LAVA: http://www.l-a-v-a.net/1.html

[11] + Emergency Shelter Exhibition: http://www.emergencyshelteraustralia.com/index.html

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