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RSA - Design for Natural Disaster Relief - 2005/06 | Winner

What if parachutes were more than just a method of delivery?...

What if they could provide:

Shelter, medical aid, food, water and warmth?

Made from materials which have a valuable secondary use?

The inspiration for the project came from a CBS news article about the South Asia earthquake:

“. . . millions of people urgently need food, medicine, blankets and shelter. But small villages remain cut off by blocked roads, and its already snowing in parts of the region”.

Ensuring the immediate supply of food/medicines/water is a key priority in responding to disaster situations. Supplies have to be delivered quickly and efficiently and this can often be difficult due to remote locations/bad weather and limited transportation available. Maximizing the capability of these supplies is vital. Examine the whole process/system/operation of providing relief supplies in a disaster scenario. Think of total packaging re-use of all materials and containers from the shipping/air container onwards.

Comments (1)
  • Put wheels or stretcher arms on the package as you have to have the drop zone far enough away that you don't kill the people you are trying to save.

    11 years ago

  • Put wheels or stretcher arms on the package as you have to have the drop zone far enough away that you don't kill the people you are trying to save.

    11 years ago

Stuart Williamson
Designer Macclesfield, Cheshire, United Kingdom