School Desk Designed To Protect Students From Earthquakes and Other Disasters

Earthquake Table© Arthur Brutter and Ido Bruno

Arthur Brutter and Ido Bruno, industrial design students at Jerusalem's Bezazel Academy of Arts and Design, have designed a desk that students can hide under in case of disaster, and that has been shown to withstand the impact of of a thousand kilograms (2,200 pounds). They are quoted in Dezeen:

At any given time, more than 300,000,000 pupils worldwide are facing impending danger because their schools are not built to withstand an earthquake. While it is common to instruct pupils to crawl under tables in case of an earthquake, existing classroom tables often turn into lethal traps for those taking refuge....This table is designed for a range of collapse scenarios. It provides a comprehensive solution by creating both covering, protection and a passageway for rescue team accessibility.

Pretty amazing. More images at Dezeen.

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