Eighty percent of the neighbourhoods in New Orleans perished after Katrina. Every year, hurricanes’ regular visits have impact on the economy and daily life of New Orleans. The residents are forced to constantly rebuild their house, which consumes their resources and time.  This design approaches to innovation that seeks sustainable solutions to this human challenge by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies.

A woodlouse is a crustacean with a rigid, segmented, long exoskeleton and fourteen jointed limbs. When face dangers, woodlouse will turn its body into a sphere in armour to protect the vulnerable abdomen. The sphere is shaped by the proportion between the insect’s body height and length.

This design imitates the action of woodlouse to create a prototype that can accommodate daily life of New Orleans, and also protect them when hurricane attacks.