Unique Glamping Alternative

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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. (more…)

By |August 13th, 2015|Modern design|0 Comments

Narrow Yet Spacious Home

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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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By |August 12th, 2015|Modern architecture|0 Comments

Passive Home That is Just Perfect

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The so-called Right-Sized Oak Park Home, designed by architect Tom Bassett-Dilley is a great example of how a passive and sustainable house does not need to be about giving up comfort and other modern conveniences. It boasts of a number of sustainable features and certifications, yet still fits right in with the other houses in Chicago’s Oak Park neighborhood, which is famous for its Frank Lloyd Wright house.

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By |August 7th, 2015|Passive House|2 Comments

Decent Accommodation for the Homeless

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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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By |August 6th, 2015|Modern design|2 Comments

Rebuilding Efforts in Nepal to Employ Repurposed Brick Rubble

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Earlier this year, the Japanese architect Shigeru Ban announced he intends to participate in the efforts to rebuild following the devastating earthquake in Nepal. He also plans to use the brick and other rubble in these rebuilding efforts, which will kill two birds with one stone, so to speak. New housing will be provided faster, while clearing away the debris at the same time.

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By |August 4th, 2015|Green Building|0 Comments

Floating City-State to be Built by 2020

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The Seasteading Institute along with several investors, are proposing the building of a floating city-state, which could serve a variety of purposes. For one, it could be used as a real life environment for trying out new models of government, as well as serve a host of other functions when it comes to preserving and bettering the world we live in.

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By |July 30th, 2015|Modern design|0 Comments