• 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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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 […]

Sana

A mobile-device software to help improve health-care accessibility One of the largest problems facing the developing world is a lack of trained physicians. Sana offers open-source data collection and collaboration platforms for clinical research and best practice health care delivery for under-served rural populations. Sana believes that with local leadership and commitment, ripples of innovation […]

Tulip Siphon Water Filter

An innovative, low-cost water filter for families in developing countries Hundreds of millions of people still only have access to unsafe drinking water sources. Inadequate access to safe water and sanitation services, coupled with poor hygiene practices, kills and sickens thousands of children every day and leads to impoverishment and diminished opportunities for millions of […]

Competition – Calling for Power of Design in Action

Competition theme Design-focused Idea for Disaster Relief, Recovery and Rebuilding Competition Brief In the aftermath of the earthquake in Japan, various fundraising efforts are underway across the world to provide immediate aid to 240,000 people who have been displaced. design21sdn

istanbul disaster prevention and education centre

Winner of the 12th Thyssenkrupp Elevator Architecture Award The Croatian team led by architect Goran Rako wins TyssenKrupp Elevator Architecture Award following the international competition for the design of a disaster prevention and education centre in Istanbul. This competition was run under the auspices of the International Union of Architects. The second prize went to a […]

Precut Home

California architect Gregg Fleishman‘s portable DH1 Disaster House doesn’t require a single nail to build. Rather, it uses tabs, like a 3-D puzzle, to fit together without the use of fasteners or other hardware. The simple design uses slotted plywood to provide durability and flexibility. Panels arrive pre-cut, and recipients just need to unpack and snap […]

Instant Tent

Patrick Wharram’s Lightweight Emergency Shelter is a mini building that’s easy to transport and can be erected immediately. It won first place in nonprofit Design 21‘s ShelterMe competition in 2007. “For emergency shelter in the first few days after a disaster, the tent is a proven solution,” says Kate Stohr, co-founder of Architecture for Humanity. Wharram’s […]

Palliative Radiotherapy for Developing Countries

The world is facing a crisis in cancer management that concerns developing countries in particular. The average life expectancy in developing countries is increasing in a predictable way. Data from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) indicates that cancer incidence in developing countries will increase dramatically in the first two decades of this […]

Organic Farmers sue Monsanto over genetically manipulated seed

A group of organic farmers and seed dealers is preemptively suing agribusiness/biotech giant Monsanto to protect themselves from legal action by the corporation in cases when Monsanto seeds contaminate their organic crops. The suit is intended to protect farmers from charges of patent infringement by Monsanto when the farmers’ crops are contaminated by Monsanto’s patented, […]

Electrical shock extinguish fire

Scientists today describe a discovery that could underpin a new genre of fire-fighting devices, including sprinkler systems that suppress fires not with water, but with zaps of electric current, without soaking and irreparably damaging the contents of a home, business, or other structure. Reporting at the 241st National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical […]

Health Light water purifier

Health Light is a solar light water purifier designed by Liu Yun intended to ensure the purity of floodwaters. During rainy seasons many region’s rivers flooded. This floodwater is often contaminated and is the source of deadly diseases such as Hepatitis and dysentery. In fact, rainwater is often a source of drinking water and contamination […]

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