Israeli “Earthquake Proof Table” Becomes Permanent Exhibit At MoMA

By NoCamels Team May 28, 2013 Comments

When it comes to earthquakes, many people know that the best thing to do is to stand underneath a doorway. However, when it comes to large spaces, such as classrooms, there is simply not enough room for everyone to get to the safer areas.

About 300 million children worldwide go to school in earthquake-prone areas and might be exposed to danger in case an earthquake strikes. To solve this problem, an Israeli student and his instructor invented an earthquake-proof table, which can withstand great damage.

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The “Earthquake Proof Table”, was a project conceived at Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem, designed to give a superior level of protection in the event of an earthquake. The project presented such an impressive design, that it was admitted into the permanent collection of the MoMA (Museum of Modern Art).

The board of the museum inducted the “Earthquake Proof Table” into its permanent collection of the department of architecture and design.

Can withstand impact from immensely heave objects

“The Earthquake Proof table” was a joint development of Arthur Brutter, designed as part of his final schoolwork project, and his lecturer Ido Bruno from the department of Industrial Design.

The table is designed to give a superior level of protection in the event of an earthquake. In such a scenario, people taking shelter under the table have a much higher chance of survival, according to the designers.

The table is designed to withstand the impact and weight of immense objects by flexing and absorbing the pressure. The table in its current format is the development of Bezalel Labs Ltd., center for research and development.

It was sent to Italy for a comprehensive assessment of stress thresholds, after which it was further developed for a full process of commercialization. It was sent to Italy for a comprehensive assessment of stress thresholds, after which it was further developed for a full process of commercialization.

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