Design for Disaster
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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:
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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
Nature morte/Nature vivante
The gilded castle
The Heavy Palace
Reactive Space
Omnidirectional microphone
Rudolf Belling
Calatrava : Sculptures
PIXelated Cube
The e-scooter Boom
Jonathan Ive leaves Apple
Abstract Form
Essential Water
The Venice Pavillon
Collaborative City Planning
Generative Botany
Creative Changemakers & Future City
The Persona Project
Dreaming of Skyscrapers
Blacker Box
Stories of the Future
Alessandro Mendini 1931-2019
Terror Architecture -18th Century Prisons
Kunio Makaewa
Digital Biology
Future City - Fashion, Food, Transport
WRECK--Regeneration Experiment of Wasted Daily-use Ceramics from Chaozhou, China
The loft bar
Low cost urban transport
Hybrid urban scooter
Omnidirectional Speaker
Multifunctional tableware
An organic structure for bikes
S tables
Mechanical Suprematist
Immersive sketch
One Hundred Thousand Games
Black Box. A Cabinet of Robotic Curiosities
The Joys of Ice Skating
City Garden II ´Spaces´
Charles Tassin
penccil: This was 2017
Cutting the edges
serpentine 2017
Functional Pasta
Wayne Sorce: Urban Color
We Ar
Coffee maker
Mapping Reality
Green Architecture…. Is it blessing or curse!!
Vico Magistretti
Structured Reflection
Watch UX
Gaetano Pesce: Abstraction is boring
Jeff Zimmerman
Kenzo Tange
Home Patterns
Organic Public
Michael Schoner
Shared Space
Memphis Posters
A Flat Named Desire
Food Architecture
Sky Walk
A Summer For The Modernists
Joe Colombo: Total Furnishing Unit
Microscopes of utopia
Brazil Modernism