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 […]

Hangout

Hangout is a semi-permanent shelter which combines the practicality of a tent and the safety and comfort of a house. It was designed as a solution to accommodate the influx of tourists visiting an urban area during the period that it hosts a festival. Hangout consists of a tarpaulin which is stretched in-between two wooden facades. one side […]

The Design Development of Hexi-House – Phase 1

Background While attending a social entrepreneurship course in July 2012, Dublin-based business student Chris Rooney was tasked with coming up with a new sustainable housing system for developing countries that would use recycled materials in the process. Upon assignment of this brief the first phone call made by Chris was to his father, Jim – […]

Tentsile – shelter in the sky

Tentsile is a shelter designed to overcome common obstacles in the environment. Tentsile is a tent that uses tension to become suspended above any surface; thus avoiding flooded areas, rough, rocky or unstable terrain, cold or wet ground, earth tremors and wildlife. The design provides shelter in a variety of circumstances. It could be used […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]