"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."
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:
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.
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