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Designed by Chen Yu Jung, Rely is a foldout sleeping domain for natural disaster survivors

Natural disasters cause millions of people to be displaced from their homes each year, so it's not surprising to see young designers putting their efforts towards creating accessible and economical solutions to ease the discomfort for such victims. The Softshelter, AbleNook and Carter Williamson’s Shelter are all great examples of such initiatives, and the Rely foldout sleeping domain is another one to add to the list.  Read More

Carter Williamson's Shelter on show at last year's Sydney Architecture Festival

With its modestly named Shelter, architecture firm Carter Williamson has thrown its hat into the disaster response emergency housing ring. Here, the emphasis appears to be on flexibility, Shelter having been designed for easy transportation and rapid construction in a range of less-than-ideal circumstances. Most interesting is that the prefabricated Shelter is also designed to be built using scrap materials recovered from disaster zones.  Read More

Wood Luck is an earthquake resistant bed that can withstand up to 65 tons of falling debri...

Following the lead of the Earthquake-proof school desk, Wood Luck is an earthquake resistant bed that can withstand up to 65 short tons (59 metric tonnes) of falling debris. Designed by Shinko Industries, the bed has been built to give users some “good luck” protection during an earthquake. And with the ability to withstand 65 tons of tumbling detritus, it may just become a lifesaving piece of furniture during an emergency situation.  Read More

The Alpine Hammock is a lightweight, two-in-one shelter for backpacking and mountaineering...

Tent manufacturers have become so obsessed with cutting weight that we have US$1,800 tents that weigh little more than a pair of sneakers. Backpackers that really want to cut weight to near-nill would rarely choose a tent, however. Instead, they’d use a lighter option like a bivouac sack. The Alpine Hammock packages the light weight of a bivouac with the comfort of a hammock tent, creating one light, versatile wilderness accommodation.  Read More

The Kelty Mach 6 includes two sleeping modules connected by a central gear vestibule

Most tents still use solid metal, fiberglass and composite poles, but a few manufacturers, including Nemo, have experimented with inflatable poles to limit packed size and make set-up easier. Now Colorado-based Kelty can be added to their number with its AirPitch tents that leave the irritation of bendy, shock-corded poles in the past. The tents use inflatable poles, which Kelty claims guarantee quick, easy set-up and tear-down. Less time hacking together your shelter means more time spent with your family ... or knocking back a cold one while enjoying the views.  Read More

The ErlebNest includes separate sleeping and lounging quarters

Often thought of nostalgically as the ultimate shelter of childhood, the treehouse has made a strong push into adulthood with eye-popping locations and aesthetically-pleasing, luxurious designs. Over the past few months alone, we've seen the Hemloft, Redwoods Treehouse and EcoPerch, among a few others. Now, there's the ErlebNest - a German-designed treehouse situated within a high ropes course.  Read More

The Tipoo can be attached to the vehicle to create a contiguous interior space

The French-designed Yatoo is a camper concept that looks like a lighter version of the Swiss Roombox. The three-part system equips a standard car, truck or van with the essentials for wilderness living. Owners get room to sleep, live and cook while keeping much of the vehicle's interior cargo space.  Read More

Portuguese designer Gabriela Gomes has created a portable shelter prototype that somewhat ...

Portuguese designer Gabriela Gomes has created an interesting mix of art and architecture with this portable shelter installation. The cloud-like "Shelter ByGG" has been designed do provoke sustainability at its core, using 100 percent non-polluting and recycled materials such as cork and solar roof panels to supply the module with energy.  Read More

The WikiHouse construction system is based on the use of plywood fins that connect togethe...

Created by a group of young designers from London, WikiHouse is an open source construction solution that aims to make it possible for almost anyone, regardless of skill level, to freely download and build affordable housing. The WikiHouse construction system was on display during last month's Milan Design Week, where the creators themselves demonstrated how the technology can be applied. “We believe this could herald in a new industrial revolution,” co-founder Nick Ierodiaconou told Gizmag. “The factory of the future will be everywhere and the designer will be everyone.”  Read More

Exped says that it developed its horizontal suspension system for more than half a decade

You can buy various forms of sheltered hammocks. Some are completely open, leaving you to sleep under the stars. Some have mosquito netting to protect you from pests. Some have waterproof protection for use in foul weather. Some have added insulation on the underside to keep you warm in winter or cooler spring weather. The Exped Ergo Combi has it all. It packs every type of protection that you could possibly want in the outdoors - save maybe for carnivore repellant - into a package in which you'll never have to worry about hard, cold dirt or poking sticks and rocks.  Read More

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