Self-Contained Mobile Container Emergency Housing Unit That Supplies Its Own Electricity and Water for Two Adults for a Month to Be Exhibited

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (June 23, 2011) ­Little Tokyo Design Week: Future City

(LTDW) will be showcasing an emergency disaster mobile container that supplies its own electricyt and water while providing shelter for two adults for roughly a month as one of its exhibits during the July 13-17, 2011 event held among the streets of Little Tokyo in Los Angeles, California. More info and complete event listing can be found at

The EDV-01 is the first of its kind. A stainless-steel container about 6 meters long, 2 meters wide and 2 meters high, is equipped with cutting-edge systems to provide water and electricity. A rooftop solar system and fuel cell generates power that is stored in lithium-ion batteries (developed by Elly Power Co), whereas another system collects up to 20 liters of potable water a day from the air, which enough for two adults to live on for about month.

The containerąs main attraction is that it does not require any construction. With the flip of a switch, a hydraulic pump raises the walls in four and a half minutes to form a second floor. The first floor contains a kitchen that utilizes induction heating for cooking, a shower and a bio-toilet. The second floor has fold-away beds and an office space with a separate desk.

Four hydraulic łfeet˛ automatically stabilize the containers on rough terrain. The unit is ecologically sound as the container itself does not generate any waste during the installation or dismantling process. Research and development for the EDV-01 took two and a half years. The developers were particularly concerned about design details. For example, the exterior can be used as a billboard and the punched-metal exterior walls are visible from great distances due to the inclusion of light-emitting diodes.

łWe are extremely proud to be exhibiting such an amazing exhibit such as the EDV-01,˛ states Hitoshi Abe (Principal, Atelier Hitoshi Abe) LTDW Chair and Director for the UCLA Paul I and Hisako Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies and the UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design, łthis exhibit shows how design can be used to create function in adverse emergency situations which can be utilized in a efficient and self contained unit.˛

Pecha Kucha Event Dates and Times:
Saturday; July 16, 2011; 8:00 pm ­ 10:00 pm

After Party Event Dates and Times:
Saturday; July 16, 2011;10:00 pm ­ midnight (Sake Tasting begins at 9:30pm)

łPop-Up˛ Shipping Container Galleries Locations:
JACCC, JANM and MOCA plazas
Wednesday; July 13, 2011; 4:00 pm ­ 10:00 pm Thursday; July 14, 2011; 4:00 pm ­ 11:00 pm Friday; July 15, 2011: 4:00 pm ­ midnight Saturday; July 16, 2011; 11:00 am ­ midnight Sunday; July 17, 2011; 11:00 am ­ 7:00 pm

Little Tokyo Design Week is currently seeking sponsorship for the July 2011 festival. This event offers sponsors and individuals a unique opportunity for brand exposure and positioning, including, but not limited to, PR, logo placement in online and print materials, and live event integration. For in-kind, media, and general sponsorship inquiries, please contact

About Little Tokyo Design Week: Future City (LTDW) Commencing July 14-17, 2011, Little Tokyo Design Week: Future City (LTDW) celebrates the power and energy of cutting edge design and technology emerging from Japan and its intersection with current trends materializing in Los Angeles. LTDW will present a series of programs that integrate Little Tokyoąs Big Three cultural institutions Japanese American National Museum (JANM), Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC), and The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, community partners, retailers, and restaurants and will engage local and international designers, artists, architects, filmmakers, corporations, and students from the Southern California region to explore possible scenarios for a łNew Urban Lifestyle.˛ Produced in collaboration with Community Arts Resources (CARS). More information can be found at

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