• 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?

Most important and featured

OpenRelief

OpenRelief is a project to design open, modular, information solutions for disaster relief. OpenRelief was inspired by difficulties encountered by the founders, when trying to map the Tohoku disaster area in Japan during March 2011. It was hard to see through the “fog” of disaster, so we decided to create tools to clear the fog. OpenRelief was […]

Rinkai Disaster Prevention Park

In the event of a large-scale disaster, such as an earthquake centered below Tokyo, The Tokyo Rinkai Disaster Prevention Park acts as a central base of operations for disaster prevention and relief in the Tokyo Metropolitan Area. The Prevention Park houses emergency response facilities including local disaster management headquarters and institutions that compile disaster-related information […]

hangar and administrative buildings

Module Armadillo is designed to produce large buildings such as, hangar and administrative buildings in disaster zones. The module consists of a frame, screw files foundation and lightweight facade panels. The dimensions of the building depend on the frame. The options are widths of 9000mm, 12000mm or 15000mm. Length depends on the amount of sections in the frame from 15000mm […]

Pallet House

21 years of civil war has left 1.5 million people in Somalia internally displaced. Pallet House is an inexpensive, efficient and easily assembled shelter for people displaced by natural or man-made disasters. A pallet structure can evolve from an emergency shelter into a permanent home with the addition of locally available materials such as, mud, plaster, concrete […]

entry

Interactive educational forest centre

This proposal for the ‘terevete interactive educational forest centre’ by Latvian practice sampling is nestled within a strip of trees in Terevete, Latvia. Dedicated to the use of wood and recycled products, the site location gives visitors an intimate experience with the material in its original state. Doubling as an object for research, the displayed information communicates […]

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, Christian organization that seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action worldwide. Habitat has built and renovated more than 500,000 homes around the world, providing more than 2.5 million people with safe, decent, affordable shelter. […]

Earthbag building solutions

EarthKaya is dedicated in providing low cost, low impact, earth bag building solutions in South Africa. Less time, less impact, less cost. In a world where organic agriculture is more expensive than traditional crops, solar panels are often costly to install and electric cars are inconvenient to run, many people may be reluctant to ‘go […]

Preventing Genetic Biohazards

Monsanto controls much of the world’s food supply at the expense of food democracy worldwide. Whether you like it or not, chances are that Monsanto contaminated the food you ate today with chemicals and GMOs. Alexis Baden-Mayer, political director of the Organic Consumers Association, was recently on RT’s The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann. Take a moment to […]

House Arc

House Arc may look like an egg-shaped antidote to McMansion mania, but this small mail-order home was designed as a way to provide quick housing to victims of disaster. “We wanted to see how we could produce a house that would fit into a flat packing container that could be shipped to communities in need, […]

Module Soteria

Module Soteria is designed to provide homes for people in disaster zones in a very short period of time. All the equipment is inside the module as standard. It has dimensions of a 40ft shipping container. The Module can be transported by different modular chassis such as, crawler chassis for extreme off-road, hover chassis, or […]

Campus RainWorks Challenge

The U.S. EPA’s Office of Water is pleased to announce the Campus RainWorks Challenge for undergraduate and graduate students. Student teams are invited to create an innovative green infrastructure design for a site on their campus showing how managing stormwater at its source can benefit the campus community and the environment. Winning teams will earn […]

Architecture Sans Frontieres-UK

The UK based education charity Architecture Sans Frontières-UK (ASF-UK – www.asf-uk.org) is running it’s annual International Workshop this year in Cameroon in August. The workshop focus is Participatory Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation of an ongoing building project in Bambouti, Eastern Cameroon. About this workshop: This 12 day workshop will explore, teach and test methods of measuring impacts through participatory planning, monitoring […]

Softshelter

Vancouver-based studio Molo Design came up with their concept for an easily adaptable shelter in July of 2011. Their “softshelter” system relies on stretchable expanses of kraft paper that form soft, pliable grids of personal space. These grids click together with magnets or collapse into a series of flat, stackable forms when decommissioned. Intended to be adjusted […]

Shelterhome

MATERIALICA Design Award : Winner Category Student Award The global trend in population migration from the countryside to the city, together with the increasingly extreme weather conditions caused by global warming, are leading to an increase in situations where large quantities of people will have to be evacuated and looked after in the long-term. Here […]

Harvest water out of dry

Dutch entrepreneur Pieter Hoff retired from exporting flowers and turned to invention. His invention, Groasis Waterboxx is basically a 20-inch by 10-inch polypropylene box that captures water from the air in order to support the growth of new plants and trees. The inspiration for this box is modeled after the way excrement protects seeds that […]

Wind turbine generates clean water too

Wind turbines are generally utilized to generate clean power derived from wind energy. But there is an innovative concept that entails the usage of wind turbines to indirectly supply and purify water in desert conditions. Contrived by energy company Eole Water, this intriguing yet simplistic technology is already being successfully tested in the arid regions […]

Search and rescue amphibious vehicle “ARGONAUT”

The Argonaut Vehicles are designed to provide the specialized equipment necessary for technical rescue situations such as auto accidents requiring vehicle extrication, building collapses, confined space rescue, rope rescues and swiftwater rescues. The Argonaut helps to rescue people from natural calamities such as floods, cyclones, earthquakes, fires and from any disaster zone with any type of […]

James Dyson Award 2012

The James Dyson Award is an international student design award running in 18 countries. It’s run by the James Dyson Foundation, James Dyson’s charitable trust, as part of its mission to encourage the next generation of design engineers to be creative, be challenged and to invent. THE BRIEF “Design something that solves a problem” The […]

Subscribe to Newsletter

[mc4wp-form]

PDC Active Hazards


Watch
Tornado - Sterling, VA WFO Region, US
Tornado - Watch
Reported:
Mon, 23 Oct 2017 21:43:27 UTC
5 hours ago
Updated:
Tue, 24 Oct 2017 02:14:12 UTC
10 minutes ago
 

Watch
Tornado - Raleigh, NC WFO Region, US
Tornado - Watch
Reported:
Mon, 23 Oct 2017 21:53:22 UTC
5 hours ago
Updated:
Tue, 24 Oct 2017 02:08:23 UTC
16 minutes ago
 

Watch
Tornado - Blacksburg, VA WFO Region, US
Tornado - Watch
Reported:
Mon, 23 Oct 2017 21:43:28 UTC
5 hours ago
Updated:
Tue, 24 Oct 2017 02:08:22 UTC
16 minutes ago