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Elevator Redesign Straight From the Future

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With the new elevator proposed by ThyssenKrupp, elevators as we know them could be a thing of the past. While the invention of the elevator made the skyscraper possible, this new elevator could once again redefine the urban architecture and design. The new elevator would be able to go up and down, as well as side to side, and do so without any cables or pulleys, or the need to wait for the elevator in case you just missed it.

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Promising Spray-On Solar Cell Technology on the Horizon

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Researchers at the University of Toronto have come up with a new kind of spray-on colloidal quantum dots (CQD), which is a breakthrough in the field as it doesn’t bind with oxygen atoms. The later is a problem with CQD as it causes some dots to forgo their electrons and become useless. Tests of this new method revealed a solar efficiency of eight percent, which may be low compared to other technologies, but the researchers are still hopeful their method will prove very useful.

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Luxurious Shipping Container Home Under Construction in Texas

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When it came time to build a new home, Matt Mooney and his partner Barbara, opted to construct it using shipping containers. Matt drew up all the designs himself, since he is an architect at one of the major architectural firms in Dallas, TX. The home is located in the Old Lake Highlands area and has awesome views of the White Rock Lake. The home is known as the PV2014 house and is a great example of shipping container architecture done right.

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Print Your Dream Home

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Printing homes rather than building them still seems like something out of a science fiction novel, but it might soon become reality. Earlier this year, a Chinese company successfully printed 10 houses in a single day, and now the UK-based Loughborough University signed a deal with the construction company Skanska and architecture firm Foster + Partners, agreeing to help develop and commercialize 3D concrete printing. In other words, your dream home could simply be printed out in a few years.

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Awesome Tiny House Designed in South Africa

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Tiny homes can quickly turn out too cramped, resulting in claustrophobia. But when done right, these houses are a great way to live sustainably and affordably. The latest example of tiny home architecture done right comes from South Africa in the form of the lifePOD, designed by a team of architects called Collaborate000. They were assisted by product designers Dokter and Missses.

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Origami Inspired Furniture Ideal For Small Spaces

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Downsizing makes a lot of sense from an economic and sustainability point of view, but finding the right furniture, namely such that is functional without taking up a lot of room, is usually not so easy. Which is why the Cut&Fold furniture created by Andrea Kordos and Tony Round of blackLAB architects is so awesome. They created a line of furniture made of plywood, which can be folded up to save space. Their current line is made up of an origami-inspired chair and a flip-up shelf with optional light.

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