Are Mega-Buildings the Future of Our Cities?

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Cities of the future will almost certainly need to be both larger and much more sustainable than they currently are. Due to this assumption, the logical solution is huge mega-skyscrapers, which are capable of producing their own power and handling their own waste. One such design was recently put forth by Urban Future Organization in partnership with CR-Design in the form of the Cloud Citizen building complex which is to be built in Shenzhen, China. Their idea is actually a whole sprawling complex of interconnected buildings, which includes great spaces and comes with a number of sustainable features.
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By |November 26th, 2014|Modern design|3 Comments

Apartment Building Made of Shipping Containers Goes Up in Washington DC

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Washington D.C. recently got it’s first piece of residential shipping container architecture in the form of a Brookland apartment building. The project was the brainchild of DC-based architect Travis Price and his partner Kelly Davies, who did the work for owners Matthew Grave and Sean Joiner. The residential building, located at 3305 7th Street NE, was built to replace a run down family home that once occupied the spot.
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By |November 25th, 2014|Container Design|1 Comment

Micro Urban Shelter Made of Salvaged Materials And Intended For All to Use

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Most cities have an abundance of alleys and other abandoned areas, which could, in most cases be transformed into something more useful, such as a garden, or tiny apartments. French architect Stéphane Malka has made this theory into reality by building Bow House in Heerlen, Netherlands, which is a tiny urban home designed for anyone to use.
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By |November 24th, 2014|Modern architecture|0 Comments

Art School Built Using Shipping Containers

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One of the benefits of using shipping containers as architectural building blocks is the ease with which they can be shaped into any kind of building, even one with a completely unique design. The architecture firm LOT:EK took that to the limit when designing and constructing the APAP OpenSchool in Anyang, Korea.
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By |November 22nd, 2014|Container Design|1 Comment

Sustainable Modular Homes by Modscape

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At first glance, the Tintaldra House developed by modular homebuilder Modscape, looks a lot like an example of shipping container architecture. But the home, located on the southern banks of the Murray River in Tintaldra, Australia, is actually a highly sustainable modular home that uses no shipping containers in its construction. It could though, given its shape and floor plan.
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By |November 18th, 2014|Prefab|0 Comments

Who Wants to Live in a Maintenance Free House?

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Next to mortgage payments and building costs, maintenance costs are another expensive aspect of owning a home. Even if your home is as sustainable as possible, these costs still apply and get worse with age. Enter the Maintenance-Free House, designed by developers Realdania BYG and Arkitema Architects of Denmark, in collaboration with the Danish Technological Institute.
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By |November 15th, 2014|Prefab|1 Comment