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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 »

Flatpack Emergency Shelters Can be Assembled in Mere Hours


With the number of refugees displaced by war or natural disasters increasing it’s always nice to see temporary housing solutions, which can offer them safe and more comfortable living conditions, as well as restore some dignity. The Hush2 shelter recently developed by Extremis Technology is lightweight, affordable and can be assembled very quickly. Read more »

Towers Built of Shipping Containers


The city of Mumbai, India is facing quite a shortage of adequate living spaces, so a project has been proposed for a temporary housing solution in the form of a two towers made of used shipping containers. The towers were designed by CRG Architects who decided on a cylinder shape for the structures, Read more »

Unique Glamping Alternative


UrbanCampsite recently constructed in Amsterdam is a collection of small shelters, which push the boundaries of modern design. While still efficient, they do focus more on artistic aesthetics and offer a great getaway spot for those seeking unique and “out-there” alternatives. 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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Decent Accommodation for the Homeless


The organization Homes for the Homeless has proposed an innovative way to alleviate the problem of homelessness. They propose a series of small, cost-effective pods that could be attached to buildings and provide a decent place for the homeless to live, away from the dangers of sleeping on the streets. The pods were designed by architect James Furzer of London, UK.

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