design for disaster

Noah’s Ark is a Sustainable Floating City for a Post-Apocalyptic World

Noah’s Ark is a Sustainable Floating City for a Post-Apocalyptic World

Aleksandar Joksimovic and Jelena Nikolic are from Serbia and designed Noah's Ark, a sustainable floating city, for the 2012 eVolo Skyscraper Competition. Their hope was to design a safe and

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All-Terrain Extreme Weather Rescue Vehicles Could Save Lives During Natural Disasters

All-Terrain Extreme Weather Rescue Vehicles Could Save Lives During Natural Disasters

Designer Phil Pauley has come up with a series of Extreme Weather Rescue Vehicles that could navigate through deep floodwaters and around physical obstacles, unlike conventional trucks and emergency

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Water Architect Koen Olthuis on Floating Buildings & Hydro-Cities

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Water Architect Koen Olthuis on Floating Buildings & Hydro-Cities

Architect Koen Olthuis of Waterstudio.nl has been fascinating the Inhabitat editors for years with his innovative floating buildings and aqua-tecture. Far from being confined by convention -- or by the

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Solar Prefab Phoenix House Rises From the Rubble After Natural Disasters

Solar Prefab Phoenix House Rises From the Rubble After Natural Disasters

Team Kentuckiana makes use of the engineering, business and communication skills from the University of Louisville, the architecture and construction expertise from Ball State University, and engineering

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Six Flood-Proof Buildings That Can Survive Rising Tides

Six Flood-Proof Buildings That Can Survive Rising Tides

Floods often come up quickly with almost no warning, so it's imperative to have safe and secure designs, especially in places known for flooding. Even regions that aren't known for rising waters can be

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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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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Affordable Re_Home is Prepped for Natural Disaster Recovery

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Affordable Re_Home is Prepped for Natural Disaster Recovery

This year, a strong focus was placed on affordability and Team Illinois worked hard to minimize costs where possible through the use of materials. They estimate the final cost of the Re_home, which

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Spain’s Triangular CCS Control Building Protects Itself From the Wind and the Waves

Spain’s Triangular CCS Control Building Protects Itself From the Wind and the Waves

The Port Authority wanted their new facility to be unique, serve as a landmark in the harbor and be easily recognizable from the water. They also expected that over the years, their needs would change and

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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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Futuristic Tornado-Proof Home Sinks Into the Ground at the First Sign of a Twister

Futuristic Tornado-Proof Home Sinks Into the Ground at the First Sign of a Twister

10 Design is basing their hopes on kinetic architecture and technological innovations to turn this futuristic dream into a reality. The tornado-proof house coalesces by taking inspiration from a large

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Offshore Oil Rig Escape Pods Used as Floating Hotel Rooms In the Netherlands

Offshore Oil Rig Escape Pods Used as Floating Hotel Rooms In the Netherlands

Initially, Oudendijk had a plan to travel around Europe via water to look for local waste to turn into something desirable, and to have something to leave behind to amaze the locals. A boat of course

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Dutchman Builds Massive Ark to Save the Netherlands From Drowning

Dutchman Builds Massive Ark to Save the Netherlands From Drowning

Inspired by a dream (or in this case nightmare) about a massive flood that wiped out Holland, ambitious native Dutchman Johan Huibers has constructed a full-sized, water-ready ark just like Noah’s. “I

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FIRST PHOTOS: Solar-Powered Transforming EDV-01 Emergency Shelter Unveiled!

FIRST PHOTOS: Solar-Powered Transforming EDV-01 Emergency Shelter Unveiled!

The high-tech shelter is designed to provide a sustainable source of vital resources on-site. Four hydraulic legs quickly stabilize the structure on rugged terrain, and an outer wall rises to create a

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EDV-01: Robotic Emergency Shelter is Entirely Self-Sufficient

EDV-01: Robotic Emergency Shelter is Entirely Self-Sufficient

Japan just unveiled the future of emergency housing in the form of the Emergency Disaster Vehicle, or EDV-01. The innovative design is fully-automated, capable of automatically doubling its size, and can

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Beautiful Modern Water Villa Sets Sail in Amsterdam

Beautiful Modern Water Villa Sets Sail in Amsterdam

The 200 square meter split-level houseboat on De Omval keeps a low profile to respect local building ordinances. Part of the home is submerged underwater, but +31 Architects made sure to provide

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Efficient & Affordable Wood House Made From Shipping Pallets!

Efficient & Affordable Wood House Made From Shipping Pallets!

Back in 2008, Andreas Claus Schnetzer and Gregor Pils, entered their Paletten Haus into the GAUDI competition, which was seeking designs for minimal houses of leisure for the XXI century. Their pallet

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How Good Design and Building Codes Saved Lives During Chile’s Earthquake

How Good Design and Building Codes Saved Lives During Chile’s Earthquake

This past Saturday, the world awoke to yet another horrific natural disaster, an 8.8 magnitude earthquake right off the coast of Chile near Concepcion. It's only been 2 days since the deadly quake and the

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“Revolutionary” Bacteria-Based Water Filter is Super Efficient, Portable

“Revolutionary” Bacteria-Based Water Filter is Super Efficient, Portable

Every once in awhile, the billions of dollars dedicated towards U.S. military spending do some actual good. Case in point: this new bacteria-based water treatment unit, developed by researchers at Sam

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Solar Energy Powering Reconstruction Efforts in Haiti

Solar Energy Powering Reconstruction Efforts in Haiti

The humanitarian emergency in Haiti has resulted in a complete loss of the country's power infrastructure. To bring it back, a host of companies and aid agencies are using the most plentiful resource on

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Architecture For Humanity and A Different Approach to Haiti

Architecture For Humanity and A Different Approach to Haiti

Red+Housing Emergency Housing by OBRA Architects Inhabitat recently wrote about Emergency Shelters and Disaster Relief For The People of Haiti and how Shipping Containers Could Provide Disaster Relief

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Europe Launches Satellite Able to Predict Floods and Droughts

Europe Launches Satellite Able to Predict Floods and Droughts

Global warming has dramatically increased the unpredictability of weather patterns, but what if we could more accurately pinpoint the future location and intensity of floods and droughts? That might be

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Ultra Adaptable Green Horizon Prefab Debuts at West Coast Green!

Ultra Adaptable Green Horizon Prefab Debuts at West Coast Green!

Today is the first day of West Coast Green, and this year's showhouse is a stunner! Designed by San Francisco-based Green Horizon, the self-sustaining prefab home is an immediately deployable emergency

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Portable buBbLe House Pops Up in a Snap

Portable buBbLe House Pops Up in a Snap

The real estate bubble may have burst, but we've found a better, more sustainable bubble to get into: The buBbLe Prototype! This inventive housing alternative is the result of a design collaboration

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Wall House: Durable $5000 Home Made from Recycled Paper

Wall House: Durable $5000 Home Made from Recycled Paper

The Wall AG recently unveiled a remarkable prefabricated house that is made from recycled paper and can be built for less than $5000. Constructed from an innovative cellulose-based material, the Universal

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The Origami-Inspired Folding Bamboo House

The Origami-Inspired Folding Bamboo House

Ming Tang's beautiful origami-inspired Folded Bamboo Houses are intended to be used as temporary shelters in the aftermath of an earthquake. Brilliant in their simplicity, the geometric shelters are

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