An Introduction to Inflatable Hospitals

Just a few days since the 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Nepal, three inflatable tents—each measuring over 1,000m2 in floor space—arrive at the airport in Katmandu. Folded and deflated upon arrival, each tent weighs 2,600 lbs and requires 10 people to carry it from the plane to a waiting truck, which begins a slow and difficult journey to the relief site in the mountainous Gorkha district. Upon its arrival, staff work frantically in shifts throughout the following days and nights to set up a fully-functioning inflatable tent hospital.

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Seeking Refuge: One Organization is Transforming Emergency Shelter

“It all boils down to cost. There are raised flooring systems readily available, but nothing is affordable enough for mass implementation. We worked backwards from affordability…and focus exclusively on the provision of clean, dry flooring…for less than $2 per square foot.” – Scott & Sam, Good Works Studio

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Shipping Containers Have the Potential to Deliver Homes

When natural disasters strike, thousands of people are often left homeless. Emergency shelters are always in need, and new innovations have recently allowed for many new creations, such as the Biosphere and Exo-Units. Recently, the idea of “cargotecture” has been taking off. “Cargotecture” takes shipping containers, refurbishes them, and turns them into sustainable homes. A new proposal using this type of construction is the proposal …

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“Earthship Biotecture” Provides Sustainable Housing

Earthship Biotecture was founded in 1969 by Michael Reynolds, an architect, who utilizes innovative technologies to create sustainable housing developments. Based in Taos, New Mexico, the organization has now spread worldwide, and sustainable “earthships” are being used for both leisure and emergency housing. Their aim is to “evolve the way humans live on this planet by evolving existing methods of …

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Affordable, Stackable, and Sustainable Emergency Shelter

Michael McDaniel had witnessed many hurricanes growing up in Mississippi, but nothing came close to the destruction that Hurricane Katrina brought in 2005. Humanitarian responses were slow to start, very costly, and close to one million people were left homeless. This prompted McDaniel to begin developing his own innovative technology to ensure that people directly affected by disasters would be given …

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A Quick Fix for Gunshot Wounds

Every second counts when it comes to treating gun shot wounds. An Oregon-based start-up comprised of veterans, scientists, and engineers has developed a better alternative to conventional gauze. The organization, called RevMedx, has developed a device that can seal a gunshot wound in the pelvic or shoulder areas in just fifteen seconds. The device, called the XStat Rapid Hemostasis System, …

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Fast Form Shelters: Emergency Housing That Locks Into Place

After the Haiti earthquake, this structure was designed as a fast form of shelter post-disaster. It involves a large roof that can collect rainwater and a system of mirrors to create steam. It’s completely constructed by fiber board and can be made in less than five hours. It requires no nuts or bolts to assemble. It is cheap, and easily …

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