Solar Cell and Battery in One

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In October 2014, a team of scientists from Ohio State University revealed their design for a dye-sensitized solar cell that is able to store its own power. Now, they have reached a new milestone in that they have created a device, which fits a battery and solar cell into one. Read more »

Orient Inspired Off-The-Grid Tiny House

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While tiny homes are all awesome, they do start to also look alike after awhile. So it’s really nice to see some of them designed in unique styles. The Lilypad is an example of a beautifully designed and furnished tiny house. The interior décor was inspired by traditional Moroccan and Indian style and the result is quite mesmerizing.

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Floating City-State to be Built by 2020

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The Seasteading Institute along with several investors, are proposing the building of a floating city-state, which could serve a variety of purposes. For one, it could be used as a real life environment for trying out new models of government, as well as serve a host of other functions when it comes to preserving and bettering the world we live in.

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Sustainer Homes Made of Shipping Containers

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The company Sustainer Homes recently unveiled a shipping container home that can also be taken completely off-the-grid. According to the company, the main reason for constructing these homes was offering the younger generation a flexible and rent-free living option, which is becoming a must for many. The homes are also mobile and facilitate low-impact living.

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Unique Mobile Tiny Home

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As tiny mobile homes grow in popularity their design gets more and more imaginative too. Architects Kelly Davis and Dan George Dobrowolski have recently completed one such tiny home, which they called the Escape Traveler. This home is basically an RV, which means that it is exempt from standard building codes and zoning bylaws.

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Residential Community Wrapped in a Living Wall

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MAD Architects have designed a new residential community in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, which will feature a large living façade. The housing development will be raised high above the street and is dubbed 8600 Wilshire. Its designers aim to bring nature back to this inner city neighborhood. Apart from the living wall façade, the complex will also have a large enclosed garden.

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