Disaster Relief

Beautiful Woven Refugee Tents Get Their Power from the Sun

Beautiful Woven Refugee Tents Get Their Power from the Sun

Drawing inspiration from traditional basket weaving techniques and the flexibility of snake skin, the designer uses weatherproof fabric drawn between durable, curved plastic tubing. This creates a

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Amazing Pop-Up Solar Power Station Delivers Energy Anywhere it’s Needed

Amazing Pop-Up Solar Power Station Delivers Energy Anywhere it’s Needed

Ecosphere Technologies' latest product combines several of our very favorite things in one easy-to-transport package: shipping containers, off-the-grid solar power, and clean drinking water generation.

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Prefab Intershelter Dome Homes Pop Up Anywhere for Immediate Shelter

Prefab Intershelter Dome Homes Pop Up Anywhere for Immediate Shelter

Intershelters were designed to provide a comfortable place to stay just about anywhere. They’ve been used in deserts, deep in the forest, and even on the side of glaciers, providing sleeping shelters,

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OVA Studio Unveils Plans for Amazing Jenga-Like Hotel Made From Recycled Shipping Containers

OVA Studio Unveils Plans for Amazing Jenga-Like Hotel Made From Recycled Shipping Containers

Just like the game Jenga, the shipping containers can be inserted or taken out of the stacked and staggered tower with ease. A metal grid structure, however, would ensure that unlike Jenga, the tower

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UNICEF’s Clever LEGO-Inspired Bricks Provide Food, Water, and Shelter to Disaster Victims

UNICEF’s Clever LEGO-Inspired Bricks Provide Food, Water, and Shelter to Disaster Victims

Providing food and shelter to victims of a natural disaster is one of the first priorities for emergency services, but the process can often generate a lot of unnecessary waste. To help tackle this

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Flat Pack Tables Fold into Origami Shelters in the Event of a Disaster

Flat Pack Tables Fold into Origami Shelters in the Event of a Disaster

The immediate days after a disaster are the most critical since victims need supplies and materials ASAP. Rather than wait for help to arrive with shelters, Architecture Global Aid wanted to create a more

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Google Buys Solar-Powered Drone Manufacturer Titan Aerospace to Boost Internet Access in Third World Countries

Google Buys Solar-Powered Drone Manufacturer Titan Aerospace to Boost Internet Access in Third World Countries

3D printing may be all the rage in design, but for Big Tech, drones are where the money is. On Monday, web giant Google beat out Facebook in a race to acquire Titan Aerospace, a solar-powered drone

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Apparatus X: A Mobile Eco Shelter Ideal for Disaster Relief

Apparatus X: A Mobile Eco Shelter Ideal for Disaster Relief

State College, PA — Students at Penn State are turning a trailer into an off-grid disaster relief shelter that will be well-suited for both first-response, as well as long-term aid. The trailer, called

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Melting Permafrost is Transforming the Landscape and Way of Life in Alaska

Melting Permafrost is Transforming the Landscape and Way of Life in Alaska

At one point, permanently-frozen ground, or permafrost, covered nearly 1/4 of the land on Earth -- but that’s changing as global warming is melting the ice and changing the landscape in places like

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Mobile Network in a Backpack Restores Communication After Disasters

Mobile Network in a Backpack Restores Communication After Disasters

One of the most frightening aspects of a natural disaster can be the toll it takes on communication infrastructure. The inability of survivors to contact friends or family, call for help, or give details

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Autonomous “Termite” Robots Work Together to Build with Bricks

Autonomous “Termite” Robots Work Together to Build with Bricks

Computer scientists at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Science have created a small army of self-controlled robots that follow the same principles as ants or termites to create impressive

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8 Innovative Emergency Shelters for When Disaster Strikes

8 Innovative Emergency Shelters for When Disaster Strikes

IKEA Solar-Powered Flat Pack Shelter This flat pack, easy to transport shelter was developed in collaboration between the IKEA Foundation and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR).

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IKEA Unveils Solar-Powered Flat Pack Shelters for Easily Deployable Emergency Housing

IKEA Unveils Solar-Powered Flat Pack Shelters for Easily Deployable Emergency Housing

Prior to the IKEA collaboration, the UNCHR was only able to provide tents or converted mass-shelters for the influx of refugees into countries around the world. Now, with IKEA’s help, these displaced

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Hovering Rescue Robot Can Crash Into Obstacles and Keep On Flying

Hovering Rescue Robot Can Crash Into Obstacles and Keep On Flying

A new flying robot built to withstand mid-air crashes could play a key role helping disaster victims. The great minds at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne created a flying spheroid robot that can

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Biolite Infographic Shows the 3 Ps of Preparedness for Emergency Situations

Biolite Infographic Shows the 3 Ps of Preparedness for Emergency Situations

BioLite knows a thing or two about emergency preparedness. The Brooklyn-based company was on the front lines during Hurricane Sandy, and its USB-charging CampStoves made national news for their role in

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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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New Device Saves Disaster Victims by Detecting Heartbeats Through Rubble

New Device Saves Disaster Victims by Detecting Heartbeats Through Rubble

The Department of Homeland Security and NASA have teamed up to create a new technology capable of detecting the heartbeats of disaster victims through up to 30 feet of rubble, 20 feet of solid concrete,

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Cameron Sinclair is Leaving Architecture for Humanity

Cameron Sinclair is Leaving Architecture for Humanity

Architecture for Humanity has just announced that the altruistic organization’s co-founders Cameron Sinclair and Kate Stohr will be leaving the organization after fifteen years of leadership. Beginning

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Shigeru Ban Completes Incredible Cardboard Cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand!

Shigeru Ban Completes Incredible Cardboard Cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand!

Beloved for his numerous contributions to disaster relief and design in general, Japanese architect Shigeru Ban uses cardboard as a construction material in residential, commercial, and public

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Earthship Biotecture to Build Green Community Center in Malawi from Earth and Recycled Materials

Earthship Biotecture to Build Green Community Center in Malawi from Earth and Recycled Materials

Earthship architecture not only incorporates natural materials to build off-grid homes and other structures, but also relies on waste materials such as plastic bottles, disused rubber tires, glass and a

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Reciproboo: A Simple Reciprocal Bamboo Frame Emergency Shelter

Reciproboo: A Simple Reciprocal Bamboo Frame Emergency Shelter

A reciprocal frame is a self-supporting system of beams or poles that require not center pole or support beam. In a reciprocal system, each pole relies on the pole beneath it for support and can be built

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Nendo Designs ‘Coffee Beer’ Bottles to Raise Money for Earthquake and Tsunami Reconstruction

Nendo Designs ‘Coffee Beer’ Bottles to Raise Money for Earthquake and Tsunami Reconstruction

Coffee and Beer lovers have something to look forward to. Japanese brewery Sekinoichi is adding coffee beans to its beer during the brewing process to accentuate the taste of beer, resulting in a rich,

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MODS International Donates a Shipping Container Home to Oklahoma Tornado Victims

MODS International Donates a Shipping Container Home to Oklahoma Tornado Victims

MODS International is a builder of shipping container homes and shelters geared towards temporary situations. Disaster relief is exactly what the founder had in mind when starting the company. Doug

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Airbnb Creates Disaster Relief Tool to Help Victims Locate Free Shelter

Airbnb Creates Disaster Relief Tool to Help Victims Locate Free Shelter

Airbnb is a great way to find inexpensive accommodations while traveling, but the company recently created a new tool to help victims of disasters. The company has just launched a Disaster Response tool

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Matternet’s Battery-Powered Drones Could Bring Supplies and Disaster Relief to Remote Areas

Matternet’s Battery-Powered Drones Could Bring Supplies and Disaster Relief to Remote Areas

While drones are typically—and quite reasonably—associated with the horrors of modern warfare, California-based startup Matternet, Inc. hopes that a network of peaceful unmanned aerial vehicles could

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Recycled “Gecekondoo” Emergency Shelters Could Provide Relief to Displaced Residents of Istanbul

Recycled “Gecekondoo” Emergency Shelters Could Provide Relief to Displaced Residents of Istanbul

The Turkish Government recently voted on a ‘’disaster risk’’ law that will demolish and rebuild roughly 7,000,000 dwellings in Turkey over the next 20 years. Although the object of this law is to

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Philippines Hit by Second Storm Five Days After Typhoon Bopha

Philippines Hit by Second Storm Five Days After Typhoon Bopha

Five days after Typhoon Bopha made landfall on the Philippines' southern Mindanao Island, a weakened storm hit the northwestern Philippines’ on Sunday. With winds stronger than those seen from Hurricane

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Shigeru Ban’s Temporary Onagawa Housing is Made from Paper Tubes and Shipping Containers

Shigeru Ban’s Temporary Onagawa Housing is Made from Paper Tubes and Shipping Containers

In March 2011, the town of Onagawa, Japan was devastated by a powerful earthquake. In the months that followed, Shigeru Ban Architects designed a temporary housing complex for survivors who had been

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10-Story Prefabricated Turbo Tower in Chandigarh to be Constructed in 48 hours

10-Story Prefabricated Turbo Tower in Chandigarh to be Constructed in 48 hours

In the town of Mohali, a suburb just outside of Chandigarh in northwest India, a 10-story tower is being constructed in just 48-hours! The visionary behind this project, Harpal Singh of the infrastructure

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