• 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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Kyoto Protocol

Climate changes are an incinerator for natural disasters. Global warming is induced by the release of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere by industry and transport. The Kyoto Protocol, aimed at reducing the production of greenhouse gases, also contributes to the long-term prevention of natural disasters. The UNFCCC United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change was […]

Observing the earth

Satellite images and geographic data provide an important resource for predicting, identifying and observing natural disasters and for coordinating prevention measures and relief efforts. One class of earth observation instruments are optical detects of solar energy, reflected back from earth, into space across various wavelengths, including visible light and invisible infrared bands. Radar instruments shine microwave […]

Designer for Asia

A small design agency from Germany has initiated the project Designer for Asia. They asked graphic designers from all around the world to each contribute their part to the design of a huge poster on the theme of the tsunami in South East Asia on 26/12/2004. The single parts which needed to have a content […]

Lastexitflucht

Lastexitflucht is an online game made for young people and initiated by the UNHCR. It is designed to inform youth about forced migration and enable them to understand the life of refugees. The project consists of three levels: an online-game, a “facts-web” and a site for teachers with lesson materials regarding refugees. In the game, […]

Building Letters / Font Aid

Font Aid is a project initiated by the SOTA Society of Typographic Aficionados and by Building Letters, in an effort to contribute to the typographic work of designers and to raise money through sales for victims of disasters and people in need. Building Letters is an annual graphic publication whose profits are donated to charity […]

Designed To Help …

British graphic designer firm, iLovedust and their German partner, Die Gestalten have arranged Designed To Help, a book of graphic artwork that will donate sales to Tsunami relief. In the aftermath of the Southeast Asian Tsunami 26/12/04, the two initiators distributed a request to design agencies around the world to hand in graphic designs, illustrations […]

Second Aid Toolkits

During the “Sustainable Design Week“, focused on the subject of, “Design for Disaster“, in 2005 at the “Design Academy Eindhoven”, the Netherlands, a primary question was, “How can victims reorganize their lives after surviving a disaster?” Depending on the aid given by relief agencies containing basic needed to survive, it is often the case that […]

Soul Bag

The “Soulbag” is a concept that will help people deal with their grief over the loss of family and friends in the aftermath of a disaster. The concept is strongly inspired by the devastating impact of the tsunami in South East Asia in 2004, and the enormous number of deaths, estimated to be more than […]

Recycling Plastic Bags

Somalian refugees in the Ethiopian refugee camp of Keribeyah reuse plastic bags they find on the street to weave table covers, mattresses and pillows. The relief agency ZOA initiated this project by establishing a workshop where a group of 60 women, both refugees and locals, worked six days a week to transform rubbish into handicraft. […]

Medical Equipment by TTM

The TTM – Technologie Transfer Marburg E.V. has developed an operation table especially suitable for emergency usage because it is operational purely mechanically, without the need of electricity or hydraulics. The frame is made of stainless steel, the table consists of polyamide and the upholstery of CR-polymer. The different table legs can be adjusted individually. […]

Vaccine

The medical companies Quadrant Holdings (UK) and Chiron Vaccines (USA) have developed a new vaccination substance based on Trehalose that is resistant to temperature. Standard vaccinations are not resistant to ambient temperatures, they need to be cooled in order to be implemented for vaccination campaigns. This cooling requires a special effort in rural areas of […]

Phytocorps

Phytocorps is an educational project about Phytoremediation with application and impact in Rhode Island, USA, at the site of a chemical accident. In October 2004, youth found large quantities of mercury in an abandoned mercury reclamation area bordering the river’s edge in Pawtucket, Rhode island, which resulted in a community wide evacuation. Investigating the demographics […]