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"A disaster zone where everything is lost offers the perfect opportunity for us to take a fresh look, from the ground up, at what architecture really is."
-Toyo Ito.

As more natural disasters and geopolitical conflicts strike, architects and designers are called upon to the ultimate problem solving task. It is of essence that designs for disasters provide immediate and versatile housing and safety yet are long lasting enough to withstand the wear and tear of time.

Here are some of the ideas proposed by architects and designers to save lives in distress:
Nizip II, Container Camp. Tobias Hutzler, 2014. Courtesy of the artist. Courtesy: Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter, MoMA.
Hikaru Imamura's Heat Rescue Disaster Recovery Kit
Recycled from disused metal barrels, Hikaru Imamura's Heat Rescue Disaster Recovery Kit is able to deliver warmth and food to up to 2,000 earthquake victims for 2 days.
Sandbag Shelter. Nader Khalili, 1995. Courtesy of the California Institute of Earth Art and Architecture. Courtesy: Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter, MoMA.
The Second Aid Kit. Just 40 hours after Japan’s devastating earthquake and tsunami struck in 2011, Japanese designer Eisuke Tachikawa launched OLIVE, a crowd-sourced wiki of tips and DIY advice to survive in a disaster.
Ifo 2, Dadaab Refugee Camp. Brendan Bannon. 2011. Courtesy: Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter, MoMA.
Life Box is an air-droppable, rapid-response emergency shelter that can be quickly inflated to provide housing for four people designed by Adem Onalan.
The cover of disaster preparedness guide published by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government
Inside pages of disaster preparedness guide explaining readers how to handle when heavy rain and strong wind disasters strike.
The Earth Manual Project exhibition poster presented at TCDC Bangkok, Thailand to raise awareness of natural disasters.
An exhibition view from "CREATION FROM CATASTROPHE - How architecture rebuilds communities"(January 27 2016 - April 24 2016) at RIBA, London.
A proposal for exhibition at MoMA, New York. Architecture Research Office and dlandstudio's New Urban Ground transforms Lower Manhattan with an infrastructural ecology. Courtesy Architecture Research Office and dlandstudio
Shigeru Ban, Cardboard Cathedral, Christchurch, New Zealand, 2013. Image courtesy Shigeru
Handsome earthquake-resistant school uses natural cooling in Northern Thailand. This Earthquake-resistant school is raised up on stilts using natural materials. Designed by Vin Varavarn Architects
Healing Bench Medical Kit by Adrian Candela
Healing Bench Medical Kit can be carried on the back of the rescue operators.
Healing Bench can be used as a first aid medical treatment stool or an emergency operating bed.
Safe toilets in the slum Project by the Oslo-based NGO initiative. Photo: Kristine Cyborg. Picture Credit: Norse Form/Kristine Nyborg
Calais, France, March 2016. Henk Wildschut, 2016. Courtesy of the artist. Courtesy: Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter, MoMA.
In anticipation of the Mayan calendar’s gloom and doom prediction for 2012, Mexican design firm, MENOSUNOCEROUNO, created this clever survival kit. Image credit: MENOSUNOCEROUNO
Magazines
Sky Walk
Interface
A Summer For The Modernists
Joe Colombo: Total Furnishing Unit
Pillars
Microscopes of utopia
Inspiration
Brazil Modernism
Carlo Scarpa: Sketch and Work
Peter Zumthor: Thinking Architecture
The Bauhaus Revolution
In Orbit
Tom Ngo
Future Architecture
Superstudio, Superproduction, Superconsumption
Heartbeat, Heartseat
Swarm fabrication: Kokkugia / Roland Snooks
Spatial Clusters
Collectif Scale: Immorphosis
This City
ЯРОСЛАВ МИСОНЖНИКОВ: ODNOSVECHNIK
Une Cité Industrielle by Tony Garnier
HOKUSAI X MANGA
The Glass House
20th Century Italian Tables
Julius Shulman: Visual Drama
Tea Time
Bird´s Nest
Jewelry Design Art
Phone
Mimicry and Makeshift
Computer Vision
Empty Full
Jean-Jaques Lequeu
Amor Vacui
Vessel
Archispecture
Luigi Colani
Small Buildings
Bracq
Bring the outside in: The houses of Joseph Eichler
Harrison and Abramovitz
Air Luxe
Manufactured Landscapes
Sketching: Bellini, Castiglioni, Colombo, Mari, Magistretti, Munari, Ponti, Sottsass
Pierre Besson
A+A Cooren
Weaving spaces
Mass, space, plane and line
Function Follows Form
Radiofonografo RR126
Pascal Häusermann
German Painting after the 1960s
The contemporary condition
Merzbau
David Bowie is Crossing the Border.
Prism
Peter Macapia
André Bloc - Sculptures Habitacles
Roland Rainer
related projects
Tri-X
Picture Planets
Emotibots: Social soft robots
Black Box. A Cabinet of Robotic Curiosities
Air Flow
The Joys of Ice Skating
Breathe
City Garden II ´Spaces´
Charles Tassin
GIFolio
penccil: This was 2017
Cutting the edges
Flag in progress
Inconstant Bill
Name plates
Artificial Archeology
Coffee break
serpentine 2017
BS1
One-sided Pasta
Wayne Sorce: Urban Color
We Ar
Coffee maker
Mapping Reality
BKM/Barozzi/Veiga
TYPOGRAPHY
Fallingwater
Green Architecture…. Is it blessing or curse!!
Library
Vico Magistretti
Glowscape
Trial and Light
Structured Reflection
Intelligent Personal Assistants
Shtick
Watch
Lattice
Unusual Chairs
Gaetano Pesce: Abstraction is boring
wire s #
Jeff Zimmerman
Kenzo Tange
Home Patterns
Organic Public
Michael Schoner
Shared Space
Memphis Posters
A Flat Named Desire