• Bionik-Network Hessen / VDID start challenge on innonatives

    Bionik- Network Hessen and VDID (Verband Deutscher Industrie Designer e.V.) are searching for the most inspiring and visionary ideas on how Biomimetics or Biomimicry can be combined with 3D-Printing to generate more sustainable solutions. These can happen anywhere: in construction of houses or vehicles, in furniture and everyday products design, in medical devices and products […]

  • 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

  • Microspine Rock-Climbing Robot from JPL

    At ICRA 2012, JPL introduced its microspine gripper system, which uses hundreds of tiny little claws to grip rough surfaces. We saw some video of a robot hanging from one of these, but it was just being used as a passive anchor. At IROS this week, JPL researchers presented a new video showing an upgraded version […]

  • 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 […]

  • RSA – Natural Disaster relief – 2005/06

    Stuart Williamson Industrial Designer Macclesfield, Cheshire, United Kingdom Ensuring the immediate supply of food/medicines/water is a key priority in responding to disaster situations. Supplies have to be delivered quickly and efficiently and this can often be difficult due to remote locations/bad weather and limited transportation available. Maximizing the capability of these supplies is vital. Examine […]

  • Green solar grill

    Derek Ham writes over at Barbeque Lovers about a solar-powered grill project he has been working on that uses latent heat storage to both extend cooking times, create hotter temperatures, and reduce the problem of intermittent sun. Based on technology developed by MIT professor David Wilson, the concept is expected to generate cooking temperatures of 450F, and […]

  • Play your way to clean electricity

    Soccket brings electricity to developing nations. Soccket is a soccer ball that generates and stores energy while in play. This energy can be used as clean electricity, bringing light to many homes. Currently, many developing nations rely on kerosene lamps to supply light in the evening. These lamps are dangerous, they emit toxic fumes and […]

  • Walk, run or bike to clean power

    The nPOWER PEG harvests kinetic energy from motion such as walking, running or biking. It then uses this energy to charge hand-held electronic devices. The project is currently looking for funding on Indiegogo. The goal is to deliver 100 generators to high-risk areas that are off-the-grid, but that use mobile devices. “Over half a billion mobile […]

  • 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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Refugee Wear

Refugee Wear / Body Architecture by Lucy Orta Since the early 90s, British born, France residing, Lucy Orta engages in designing garments for refugees and homeless people that can be transformed into tents as an artistic statement about their situation. Inspiration was evoked by the miserable situation of Kurds fleeing Irak in the early 90s. […]

Mella Jaarsma

Mella Jaarsma is a Dutch-Indonesian artist who creates clothing for installations and performances that deal with the themes of ethnic differences and the situation of refugees. Born in 1960 in Emmeloord, The Netherlands, the Dutch artist moved to Jakarta, Indonesia, in 1984, where she has been living ever since and now works both as an […]

Together for Girls

Together for Girls – Designers on a Mission The Sportswear company Nike initiated a project in cooperation with the UNHCR and Care to design sportswear for Somalian refugee girls. The project took place in the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya where 140.000 Somalian refugees fled due to the crisis in 1991/92. The population is Muslim, […]

Paper Tube Housing by Shigeru Ban

Japanese architect Shigeru Ban designs intermediate emergency shelters made of paper tubing. He began working with cardboard tubing in cooperation with the UNHCR during the humanitarian crisis of war-torn Rwanda in 1994. Before his work, refugees were provided with aluminum poles and plastic sheeting for shelter construction. But as the aluminum poles gained good prices […]

Concrete Canvas

The British industrial design firm Crawford Brewin Ltd. developed a semi-permanent shelter for relief aid out of a material called concrete canvas. The package of materials for constructing the shelter consists of a canvas stained with a dry cement ratio united by a PVA adhesive and an inner layer of plastic sheeting, sealed in a […]

Icosa Village

Icosa Village designs and produces “the pod”, an intermediate shelter system constructed out of triangular panels, inspired by the geodesic structures of Buckminster Fuller. First, each triangular panel, consisting of a broad frame and a centered window opening, is folded from three pre-cut extruded polypropylene sheets to turn into a three dimensional body, 17,4 cm […]

Stefan Sagmeister

Graphic Designer Stefan Sagmeister has designed food packaging for catastrophe spots, the packaging can be filled with earth or sand and used as bricks for emergency shelter. The packaging exists only as a design proposal, but hasn’t been set into practice yet. Sagmeister is looking for co-operators or relief organizations who would like to join […]

Support elements

New York architects Gans and Jelacic addressed refugee housing by designing households with support elements and integrated functions. Each household is equipped with one support element, i.e., a toilet and another one integrating a water tank and an oven. The elements can be turned into shelter by throwing plastic sheeting on top and covering the […]

Shelter Systems – Grip Clip

American tent producer Shelter Systems has developed the Grip-Clip system, which offers a new way of connecting tent sheeting to tent poles. The Grip-Clips are plastic elements that connect to tent poles. The sheeting is attached to the element by pulling a plastic ring over both parts. This method has the advantage of not needing […]

Descision Support System for Refugee Camps

The ITT – Institute for Technology in the Tropics at the University for Applied Sciences, Cologne has developed a decision support system for planning a refugee camp. The factors of water supply, wastewater and waste disposal, energy supply and regional planning are addressed, which includes the logistics, infrastructure, arrangement and shelter construction of the camp. […]

Fog Harvesting

The Canadian company FogQuest engages in setting up fog harvesting fences in arid but populated areas to provide communities with drinking water. Harvesting Method The system consists of fences that stretch out plastic mesh, onto which the fog condensates into little drops. Along the lower edge of the mesh runs a pipe collecting the water […]

Sun Fire Cooking

Sun Fire Cooking is a project that created a certain kind of solar cooker to be sold in Somalian villages. The project is especially focused on African regions of Somalia where deforestation and desertification are evident problems, but sunshine is rich, both to support villages and possibly also refugee camps. Implementation has started in Somalia, […]

Watercone

The Watercone is a simple low-tech device for condensing potable water by the use of solar energy. The product consists of a transparent plastic cone, which produces a greenhouse effect. This float-able cone is either set onto still water, wet ground, the ocean or on the river, water is poured into a black pan, which […]

AquaPak

AquaPak is simple water pasteurization device employing solar energy. The AquaPak employs PE bubblewrap sheeting as a heating source. When exposed to direct sunlight, each of the air-filled transparent bubbles acts as a miniature greenhouse, creating heat. In shape of a pocket, the bubblewarp serves as a compartment for filling in and heating water. A […]

Solar Cookers International

Solar Cookers International is an NGO promoting and implementing the use of solar cookers in suitable regions of the developing world. Their Solar Cooking Archive contains an informative overview of different principles and designs of solar cookers. Solar cookers have a wide range of ecological, economic and social benefits. By replacing firewood, they help prevent […]

MSF – Médecins sans Frontièrs

Doctors without borders have developed an efficient logistics system, enabling them to deliver medical goods to disaster areas anywhere in the world within 24 hours. As soon as a disaster is reported, a team of a logistical people and a doctor head out to evaluate the situation. Medical goods are already packaged into fixed emergency […]

Transformation Boxes

The TTM – Technology Transfer Marburg e.V. has developed transportation boxes that can be transformed into office furniture on the spot. The boxes are available in five different variations, the pictures below show the office unit. Components include table units and shelf units. All units are made of sturdy wood, to ensure that content is […]

Constructing mud sea walls

The Indian Andaman and Nicobar islands were amongst the locations hit worst by the devastating Tsunami in South East Asia on 26/12/2004. To protect them from further flooding, the administration has initiated the construction of mud walls in the sea. The intention is to create the sea walls so that they will not only protect […]

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