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Pre-Fab Home for the Young and Single


The construction firm Heijmans of Holland has just unveiled a prototype for a prefabricated home, which they plan to erect in city areas and rent out to single young people looking for their first home. This first version of the home is called Heijmans ONE and should be launched soon.

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Israel Gets a Shipping Container Student Village


A brand new student village recently opened its doors in the town of Sderot in Israel. What sets it apart from other such villages is the fact that it was built entirely out of used shipping containers. All the work was also done by the students themselves, many with no prior construction experience, under the watchful eye of Ayalim, Israel’s largest youth organization.

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Swiss Company Develops White Solar Cells


A lot of effort has gone into developing transparent solar cells lately, since they could be attached to windows easily with no loss of light. But CSEM, a Swiss non-profit technology company, has now developed white solar cells, which can easily be integrated into a building’s walls.

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Multi Volume Boxes That Can Instantly Transform Any Room Into an Apartment


Wouldn’t it be great to have a whole apartment at the snap of your fingers? Turns out you can, sort of. The Portugal-based design firm OODA has come up with innovative, unique free standing volumes, which can turn any room into a home, and can be folded down into a box for transport. OODA has recently transformed derelict buildings in the city of Porto into affordable accommodations for tourists and seasonal foreign students, by using these volumes.

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Minimods Are Modern Tiny Homes for the Environmentally Conscious


The South American firm MAPA Architects recently unveiled the first of its Minimod (which is short for Minimal Modular) tiny homes, which can be used for a variety of purposes, from a tiny vacation home, to a hotel. In other words, these modular units are incredibly adaptable and can be assembled together to form a dwelling of any size. The separate units resemble shipping containers at first glance, but that is not what the company is using to construct them.

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Urban Farming Improving the Lives of Seniors


Spark Architects has come up with a unique urban farm concept called Homefarm, which is primarily aimed at improving the health and life of seniors at a Singapore retirement home. Homefarm is an aquaponic system, which is easy to manage and therefore ideal for seniors to work on. Read more »

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