New Zealand Student Builds Tiny Home From Material Salvaged After an Earthquake

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Repurposing materials to create a home is at the heart of any sustainable living endeavor. The tiny home recently built by Stefan Cook of A Biggish Tiny House is a prime example of repurposing and salvaging building materials done right. He’s a resident of Christchurch, New Zealand, which experienced devastating earthquakes in 2010 and 2011. Stefan salvaged the materials left behind by the devastation to build his own tiny home and recently gave a tour of it at Living Big in a Tiny House.
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Shipping Container Home That’s Also an RV

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The Canadian firm Kottage RV is offering an innovative mobile home solution, namely a shipping container home, which can be towed to virtually anywhere. So if you’ve been staying away from cargotecture ideas for want of something that can be relocated on a whim, look no further.

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Early Renders of a LEED Gold Residential Complex Unveiled

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Studio Gang Architects of Chicago recently released a series of early pictures of a new LEED Gold project that they are designing. The residential building will be built in the Buena Vista neighborhood of Miami, FL by 2016 and it will feature a number of sustainable and eco-friendly technologies, which the architects plan to meet the standards of a LEED Gold certification. The design itself is also pretty futuristic in its own right.
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Nashville Soon to Get The First Shipping Container Retail Center

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Cambridge Holdings Inc. in collaboration with One City recently announced that they would soon begin the construction of a mixed-use building, which will be built out of recycled shipping containers. This will be the first cargotecture building in Nashville, and the actual construction will be done by the Carter Group.
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Leak and Pipe Burst Protection For Everyone? There’s an App for that

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The modern home bristles with safety and home protection devices and technology.  Smoke Detectors, Carbon Monoxide detectors, burglary alarms, and electrical circuit breakers just to name a few. But the most prevalent property insurance claim is damage caused by a failure of civilization’s greatest convenience, indoor plumbing.

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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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