So We Survived 2012

And you know what that means right? The Mayans were wrong; the world did not end, but that doesn’t mean the end of natural disasters like floods and tsunami. Which is why it’s better to be prepared than sorry. Look forward to a bright future with preparedness gear like the Defender, which is a ‘sandbag’ for flood control. It contains absorbent recycled paper fiber that becomes heavy when wet. When dry, however, it is lightweight and is easy to handle. Stay safe people!

Defender is a 2012 red dot award: design concept winner.

Designers: Teng Xuan, Zhang Mingxi, Yang Zhaonan & Zhen Zhiliang

9 Comments

  • Quintin Smits says:

    I’ve never had to use sandbags to defend against high water (even though I live almost a meter below sea level), but this seems unpractical to me.

    It only works on a perfectly flat surface.

    Also, how would this stay in place when the high water arrives? If it’s that light and made of paper, won’t it float away before it absorbs enough water to become heavy?

  • Pete says:

    In region of Poland where Im from floods are very common. One thing I can say… stop overengineering things that are best when simple and cheap.

    This will never be better than classic sandbag : hyper chep, easy to store in large quantity and transport. Also filling the sandbag is very easy, here all FD’s have special machines for that (30 bags/minute with one machine).

    And this “super-sandbag” ? Before it will work must be soaked in water. Flood is not like spilling your tea on a keyboard, water comes fast and with a lot of pressure. Everything that is lightweight will be gone unless this become heavy within one second.

    Very distant areas, maybe it works (water moves slowly and with very little pressure). But there must be one universal solution = classic sandbag wins.

    Sorry for my spelling :-)

  • Johnny says:

    About the design, I agree with Pete. The traditional sandbag is superior already for the pricing, level of re-use, and the fact that the surface on which these are used is never flat.
    Militaries in different countries have studied various alternatives and still the sandbag or equalent metallic sand holder is found to be the best. Sand also resists the water pressure well as it is already heavy and doesn’t need to get wet first.

    The idea has a good purpose, however it lacks even on logistical side. Sand can be sourced pretty much anywhere, manufacturers for sandbags are also everywhere.

    Flood is coming and the local supplier ran out of Defenders, or went on holiday. We’re going to make an order online and wait until more comes with a courier? No: sandbags!

  • lion says:

    for me it simply doesn’t works
    y
    easy the surface can’t be flat it is too expensive
    normal sand bags are easy to get the surface make the wall less strong.
    Beautifull picture buat at least it is not a project

  • Amber says:

    i think this could work very well in conjunction with sandbags. or maybe as a temporary thing, until sandbags are available.
    it’s a great idea, though

  • roger says:

    And you know what that means right? The Mayans were wrong; the world did not end, but that doesn’t mean the end of natural disasters like floods and tsunami. Which is why it’s better to be prepared than sorry. Look forward to a bright future with preparedness gear like the Defender, which is a ‘sandbag’ for flood control. It contains absorbent recycled paper fiber that becomes heavy when wet. When dry, however, it is lightweight and is easy to handle. Stay safe people!

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