About two hours ago—at about 8AM EST this morning—a piece of an old Russian-built weather satellite sped by the International Space Station, dangerously close to the station. It’s the fourth time that astronauts aboard the ISS have “sheltered” because of space junk.
A couple months ago, Lara and I adopted an 8-year old Cocker Spaniel and named him Rufio. Can an older dog really involve less effort and energy than a puppy? And can one integrate as fully into an active family? This is our experience.
Without a floor or even its own support poles, can a tarp do as well as a tent in high winds, heavy snow and pouring rain? We think one can actually do better, at least if its this Hyperlite Mountain Gear UltaMid 2 we’re currently living out of it in Iceland.
Tents are wonderfully effective, but also large, heavy and fragile. Can you really go camping without one? Turns out, you really don't have to sacrifice that much.
We've all heard of the lengths to which NYC's homeless have gone to find shelter, from living in abandoned factories to building whole encampments inside subway tunnels. But a report from the New York Post goes one step further, describing how people are now making homes out of small nooks and crannies between the…
We're more than half a century past 1960, when the Doomsday Clock ticked down to two minutes before midnight. Yet, despite the steady outpouring of movies and TV shows featuring rogue nukes and dirty bombs, fewer and fewer people actively worry about a nuclear bomb going off. That being said: Do you know where and…
When natural disasters hit, one of the first relief supplies to arrive is clean, bottled drinking water. But soon the empty bottles could be put to good use, too—in the form of this new style of disaster housing.
A company called Terra Vivos is building underground timeshare communities "built to withstand a 50-megaton nuclear blast 10 miles away, 450mph winds, a magnitude-10 earthquake, 10 days of 1,250°F surface fires, and three weeks beneath any flood." Asteroids, nuclear war or angels with trumpets—you'll survive them all…
Describing architecture as "instant" can mean different things to different people. During the post-War housing shortage, it meant prefab homes that went up in weeks. For disaster survivors, it can mean something as simple as a shelter that's assembled in hours. For the military, instant architecture often means truly…
Nothing sucks more when you're on a long trek than hauling around unnecessary weight and heft. Sea to Summit's ridiculously light Specialist tents aim to dominate the ultralight category and not be uncomfortable pieces of crap in the process.
CONELRAD recently posted a great piece that explores the origin of the famous fallout shelter sign that appeared across the country at the height of the Cold War. Worn and rusted, you can still see some of them today as lasting symbols of the atomic age.
Hidemi Nishida built a translucent cabin in the woods for the minimalist camper with a fondness for voyeurism.
When explosives begin raining from the sky, it's generally recommended that one find a sturdy, preferably covered, area to wait. Our friends at Oobject.com have some great examples.
As sea levels rise, an extraordinary population shift will place immense stress on cities around the world. Where will global warming refugees go? One design team envisions an "Embassy of the Drowned Nations" to provide asylum, and a fresh start.
NASA has kicked off a competition among university engineers to design an inflatable habitat that is "light-weight, safe, and reliable" to house future astronauts "in space and on other planetary bodies." On the line is $58,000.
...And before Fringe, Lost and Alias, for that matter. The always-wonderful ScriptShadow blog has made Abrams' unproduced 1994 sci-fi movie script Shelter online, for a peek at the awkward early days of the new Main Man. [ScriptShadow]
Imagine spending months locked in this Latvian bomb shelter. The banner reads "Without Communciations, There Is No Authority. Without Authority, There Is No Victory!" The shelter, now a museum, has a nuclear-blast-absorbing wall and a huge facility for filtering radiation.
Swiss company The Wall AG has a perfect solution for third-world shanty towns, semi-permanent refugee camps and approximately 7.2% of adult Americans: paper houses!
If you need a secure location to ensure your survival in the coming apocalypse, or simply crave a spacious underground lair, then consider Central London's deep level shelters. Built in 1940 as air-raid shelters, the underground tunnels have since served as a war room, library, and telephone exchange for British…