Village of Sustainable Homes in Norway is Well Underway

Norway is getting the so-called Bygda 2.0, or Village 2.0, which is a new sustainable development in a rural, seaside area of Norway. The project will focus on developing modern Norwegian houses that will be sustainable, and will form a village of sorts, complete with spaces for doing businesses and research activities. As the people behind it say, “It will be a place to live, work and enjoy.”
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Life on the Road in Style

Here is another van into home conversion done right. It was designed and created by builder, architect and entrepreneur Ross Lukeman who wished to enjoy the digital nomad life in style. He completed his van home about half a year ago and now lives in it full time.

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Innovative Façade to Keep a Lebanese Bank Cool

The new Banque Libano Francaise (BLF) building in Beirut, Lebanon will feature an interesting façade, which will also have the added benefit of keeping the inside temperature at a comfortable level. The building was also designed with economic, social and environmental sustainability in mind.

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Home in Japan Scaled to Fit and Irregular Lot

Japan has very stringent building codes and high taxes on land, which means that most of the homes, especially in cities like Tokyo, get built on oddly-shaped lots. These are usually the result of existing plots of land getting further subdivided to accommodate several generations of a family.

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Small Apartment Made Spacious by a Clever Transformer Unit

In many large cities across the world, housing is hard to come by, so more and more people are finding ingenious solutions, which allows them to live big in small spaces. One such example is this Paris micro-apartment, which was made a lot more cozy and spacious by ingenious use of transformer furniture. The renovation was done by Batiik Studio.
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Off-Grid Recycling Plant Built Out of a Shipping Container

While we have many options for recycling in developed areas of the world, such is not the case in remote, underdeveloped regions. Transporting plastic waste to a recycling plant from such areas is costly, but there is a new solution now. The so-called Trashpresso machine, created by the firm Miniwiz upcycles plastic waste into useful products, such as floor tiles, and it can do so off-the-grid.
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