Tiny Storage Space Transformed Into a Comfortable Apartment

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With the apartment shortage in urban areas, coupled with the rising prices, it’s nice to see architectural solutions that make the most of tiny spaces. One such solution is certainly the recently completed renovation of a storage space into a comfortable apartment in Stockholm, Sweden by local architect Karin Matz.
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Stacking Solar Cells Could Vastly Improve Their Efficiency

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Harvesting solar energy is a great way to generate sustainable power, but unfortunately solar cells are far from being as efficient as they might be. Currently, commercially available solar cells can convert about 25 percent of sunlight into electricity, and scientists have been trying to create better solar cells for years. One milestone they have been unsuccessfully trying to reach is 50 percent conversion efficiency of solar cells. However, the start-up company Semprius might be on the right track with the stacking technique of solar cells they recently developed.
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Innovative Furniture Solution for Small Homes

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Living in a shipping container, or another type of small space, can be very sustainable, but such a small home calls for innovative furniture solutions. Modular furniture that can do more than one job is usually the only solution, especially since it has a small footprint when stowed way. The Sofista is one such piece of furniture, and it was designed by Fabrizio Simonetti.
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A Prefab Tiny House Retreat

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Vivood, a Spanish architecture group, designed a tiny prefabricated house of the same name, which can be assembled in only about nine hours. Once assembled, it can be used as a guesthouse, retreat, or even a tiny home. When ordered, the prefabricated Vivood comes in easy to assemble modular parts, which already have all the necessary plumbing and electrics installed.
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Shipping Container Inspired Disaster Relief Housing

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The firm Garrison Architects in collaboration with New York City recently unveiled the prototype of a modular prefabricated housing system. The structures were developed for quick deployment in the event of another hurricane like Sandy, or other natural disaster. By the looks of it, the houses were also very much inspired by shipping container architecture.
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Listening to Plants

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Plants, just like humans and animals, have a way of communicating with each other. Their language is comprised of electrical signals, through which they send messages to other plants. And now an international group of scientists is developing a way to analyze these electrical signals, and translate them into information we can understand. The project is called PLEASED (PLants Employed As SEnsing Devices) and has already received €1.07 million ($1.46 million) in EU funding.
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