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The First Freeform 3D Printed House in the World Coming Soon

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The architecture studio Wimberly, Allison, Tong & Goo (WATG) has drawn up the plans for what they believe will be the world’s first freeform 3D-printed house. The home is called Curve Appeal and it recently won Branch Technology’s Freeform Home Design Challenge. As a result, it will be printed soon. It will also boast of many sustainable features. (more…)

By |August 13th, 2016|Modern design|0 Comments

Tiny House That Doesn’t Look it

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Scandinavian design is well known for its simple aesthetics and minimalism, and this cabin located in the Jutland area of Denmark is a prime example of that. It is small, with a footprint of just 258 square feet (24 sq m) yet it looks and feels very cozy. Personally, I think it could easily be a full time tiny home, and not just a vacation house. (more…)

By |August 12th, 2016|Modern design|0 Comments

A Thermophotovoltaic Cell That Can Generate Electricity Even in the Dark

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Claiming that a solar cell can produce energy even in the dark sounds a little like the beginning of a joke, but I assure you it is not so. A team of scientists from the Australian National University (ANU) and the University of California Berkeley (UC Berkeley) have successfully made a prototype of a device, which can become a part of super-efficient thermophotovoltaic cells. Such a cell could generate electricity even if it is not placed in direct sunlight. This cell would absorb infrared radiation and convert it into an electric current, and this can happen even in the dark. (more…)

By |August 11th, 2016|Green Tech|0 Comments

First Kasita Prototype Complete

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Kasita is an innovative housing solution designed by Dr. Jeff Wilson and environmental science professor from Texas. The first Kasita unit has recently been completed and can be viewed in Austin, Texas. Kasita apartments are prefab housing units, which can stand on their own as tiny homes, or be inserted into steel racks to form larger structures such as the one pictured above. (more…)

By |August 9th, 2016|Prefab|0 Comments

Rent a Box in Someone’s Home

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Rents in cities across the US are going up like crazy, and San Francisco is no exception. Illustrator Peter Berkowitz wanted to rent an apartment or room there, but could not find one to fit his budget. Instead of moving to the suburbs, he came up with an ingenious solution to cut rent and live in the city. With the help of a few friends he built the so-called Living Pod, which is basically a box that can be installed in a larger apartment, and offer the inhabitants privacy. The rent he’s paying now is $400, and the pod cost only $1300 to build. It was inspired by the Japanese Capsule Hotels. (more…)

By |August 8th, 2016|Green Building|2 Comments

Beach House Clad in Cork

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Cork is an often overlooked insulating material, even though it is a great choice for the job, since it’s completely renewable. In the renovation of this 1920s beach house in Essex, UK they used it for cladding and it’s a great choice. The beach house itself is a great example of modern architecture and renovation done right. The renovation was completed by UK-based architect Lisa Shell. (more…)

By |August 4th, 2016|Green Building|0 Comments