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Off-the-Grid Writer’s Retreat


The Getaway startup from Boston has recently unveiled their newest creation, a tiny retreat called Lorraine. This off-the-grid cabin is meant to be a comfy writer’s retreat for up to two people, offering the occupants a distraction free and inspiring space in which to create.

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Unique Energy Positive Home


Architect Paul Lukez has come up with a concept for a compact home, which would be super insulated and energy positive. While still in the concept stage, it does look quite promising. The design of the home was inspired by New England’s barns and New York’s lofts and that is quite a mixture. Read more »

New Masonry Building Method Cuts Carbon Emissions


The Russian design studio Zaarchitects have come up with a concept they call “smart masonry” techniques, which would involve using parametric tools and robot arms in the construction of concrete buildings. This method would require the use of less concrete for the construction of more lightweight, precise, efficient and less bulky buildings. Read more »

Narrow Yet Spacious Home


With urban building space growing scarcer and scarcer it’s nice to see some modern solutions to the problem. The Japanese architecture firm YUAA Architects recently designed the so-called 1.8 M House, which fits on a lot that’s just 8′-4″ (2.5 meters) wide and 36′-1″ (11 meters) deep. This yields an interior space of 6 feet or 1.8 meters, which is how the home got its name.

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Students Find Affordable Living Solution for Los Angeles


Finding affordable dwellings in large urban areas has become quite difficult in recent years. Los Angeles is also facing this problem and to combat it, the mayor wants to build 100,000 new affordable housing units by 2021. Read more »

Tiny Homes on Rails


Small House on Tracks is the name of a unique new tiny home project, which was envisioned by Tomasz Zablotny and Paweł Maszota, two architecture students from Poland. They designed a number of tiny homes, which are also expandable, and which can be moved around on the rail tracks at the Gdańsk Shipyard. Read more »

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