• Biodiversity conservation and business

    The biological diversity makes our lives livable in the planet trough an array of ecological processes which provide us vital products and services, such as foods and materials that contributes to the economy. Although, factors such as habitat destruction, biological invasion and climate change have been taken numerous species to extinction. The lasting natural areas […]

  • Blue Freedom – Providing reliable first aid electricity from hydropower

    Electrical power supply is among the first critically important services in disaster areas. Especially natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes or floodings lead to a destruction of the installed power grid and portable electricity becomes indispensable. One innovative solution is Blue Freedom Portable, a lightweight hydropower generator with 5W output capacity. With a weight of […]

  • Transition of Shelters – Portable Emergency Shelter

    Migratation of refugess are indeed a serious disruption of the functioning of a community or a Society involving widespread human, material, economic or environmental losses and impacts, which exceeds the ability of the affected community or society to cope using its own resources. It affects both physically and mentally. It also causes health and safety […]

  • Inflatable Refugee Tents

    A new refugee tent has been designed by the team at M2B Inflatable in Sofia, Bulgaria.  This refugee tent is inflatable and will offer an affordable, dignified and practical shelter against extreme weather.  The inflatable tent provides immediate emergency housing solutions and adapts to any disaster area. The inflated walls of the tent will offer […]

  • The Modern Yurk – A Possible Design for Relief Scenarios?

    The Scottish company Trakke has redeveloped the nomadic yurt shelter and created the Jero Yurt. The temporary housing innovation is a lightweight dwelling that pops up and was designed to be used for events such as backyard parties or off-grid camping experiences with a modern twist. The Jero’s compact design even allows it to be […]

  • innonatives kitchen challenge winner

    innonatives first challenge winners 2015

    The innonatives team is proud to present the first winners of the first completed innonatives challenge. Please see here for the winning solutions of the Sustainable Kitchen challenge http://innonatives.com/challenge/sus-brazil/solutions-sorted/winners Congratulations to the winners !!!  Your innonatives Team

  • AIDF Disaster relief infographic d4d

    Download & share the #infographic on the importance of #PPPs & #tech in disaster management: http://bit.ly/1qj6Evn  http://ow.ly/i/6Ku5d

  • PowerCube Pop-up Solar Generator Provides Relief to Disaster-Struck Areas

    It was seven years ago that Ecosphere Technologies revealed its first iteration of a self-contained relief unit for disaster-struck areas. The company has since been busy refining the system’s form and function and has now announced the completion of what it says to be the world’s largest deployable solar power generator. Capable of generating 15 […]

  • Sustainability Maker needs you !

    Join the next big thing! Attend the first Sustainability Maker Convention, the world’s first conference on Open Innovation, Crowd Sourcing and Crowd Funding for Sustainability. Be among the first to witness the start of the next Sustainability innovation movement and to know about the www.innonatives.com open innovation for Sustainability platform. Registration Please register online before October […]

  • Rescue with The Ruins Catheter

    The Ruins Catheter, designed by Idan Raizberg, is a device made to rescue people from collapsed buildings or debris. The rescue device could be used after earthquake or in response to any collapse. The design is inspired by a medical balloon catheter, used to expand arteries. “At the start of the project, I outlined for […]

Introduction

Disasters such as, earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, famines and wars cause destruction and suffering to humankind. Whether these are natural and inevitable, or man-made and unnecessary, we can improve our means of reacting and aiding the victims affected.

This website is to function as a source of information and a communication platform for exchanging knowledge, experience, ideas and projects. How can we design life in a way that we are better prepared and have better infrastructure, methods to avoid damage, suffering and death tolls?

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Intershelter Brings Relief

Bridging the gap between short-term tents and expensive trailers, the light, fireproof InterShelter provides a safe, durable option, large enough to house an entire family. As homes and areas are rebuilt, the domes can easily be broken down for storage and relocated for future use. Made out of a fiberglass-composite mixture, these domes are optimal […]

PowerMod solar tent

With man-made or natural disasters occurring unexpectedly in all corners of earth, rescue efforts would be a lot easier and more successful if portable energy sources such as solar power or wind power would become more readily available. PowerMod is one solution that makes solar power more accessible. PowerMod is a portable solar tent that […]

Symbolic Gifts. Real Rescue.

Holiday gifts that save lives – International Rescue Committee is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Go to http://gifts.rescue.org/ The Rescue Gifts items in this catalog represent many of the programs, projects and tools that compose the IRC’s work every day, around the world. Enabling the IRC to deliver comprehensive and holistic help to uprooted people, gifts will […]

Disaster management with fireballs from Intel

These spherical, rugged, low-cost and autonomous sensors from Intel are designed to be thrown into a fire and report back data such as temperature, free-volatiles and air quality to first responder trucks via WiFi. Vital information such as the hottest spot and the chemical composition of a fire can be sent to both the firefighters’ smartphones and […]

ad – hab+

adaptable habitat for aid distribution in crisis areas – 2011 ad – hab+ is an adaptable, mobile, multifunctional and lightweight habitation system primarily for aid distribution in catastrophic and crisis areas. The shape is bionic, inspired by and further developed out of polyhedrical foam structures. Due to the geometry, technical and spatial clustering of several units […]

Battling Hunger in the Horn of Africa

A humanitarian crisis has slowly unfolded in the Horn of Africa. Drought, conflict and rising food prices have affected more than 13 million people in the region. On 20 July, famine conditions were declared in several southern regions of Somalia. The Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit (FSNAU) forecasts that famine conditions will spread if […]

Water Shelter – Sustainable Shelter Solutions

The Water Shelter project responds to the needs of rural populations in developing countries who live in areas of recurring floods, with a geographical focus on the Zambezi basin in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Water Shelter design provides the user with the necessary tools and information to migrate temporarily and efficiently, encouraging self-sufficiency at each stage […]

Savior In Deep Waters

Generally, when talking about design for disasters, the focus is on rapid action response systems that help provide relief during disasters. Alternatively, The flat-pack recovery Rescue Boat seen here is not for rapid response but for post-disaster scenarios. The focus is on creating a systematic, reliable vessel that will help recover cargo and victims. It […]

Anytime, Anywhere Deliverable Hospital

Designer Kukil Han has imagined a go-anywhere solution for providing aid to victims of natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes, tsunamis and storms. The Mobile Hospital could be delivered to any part of the world in a matter of hours via helicopter, or can be transported on a larger scale by ship, providing emergency medical […]

An eye on the storm

Have an eye on the storm that’s coming. Here are some ways to keep tabs on Irene and her sister to come … On The Web New York Times Hurricane Tracker — The cleanest and easiest way to see a snapshot of Irene right now. NOAA Hurricane Center — More information than NYT, this is your resource […]

BioLite Home Stove

BioLite Home Stove is a cooking stove that cuts emissions by 95% while generating electricity off-the-grid. Half of the planet still cooks with open, indoor, wood fires. The toxic smoke that they emit kills nearly two million people every year—twice as many people as malaria. Previous efforts to address indoor smoke with clean cook stoves […]

Earthquake disaster and design

How Design can Support People in Evacuation Shelters Japan is one of the most earthquake-prone areas in the world, with Tokyo as the city most at risk from natural disaster. The earthquake disaster on March 11, 2011, was one of the biggest earthquakes ever recorded in the world. The results were devastating, with 550,000 people […]