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IKEA Refugee Shelter is a Big Success

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In 2013 the furniture giant IKEA, in collaboration with the United Nations Agency for Refugees (UNHCR) developed the so-called Refugee Housing Unit (RHU), a flat packed shelter for housing refugees, which is much easier to assemble and a lot more durable than other such shelters currently in use. Since then, the shelters have been tested in areas like Iraq and Ethiopia and have been deemed a huge success.

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Print Your Dream Home

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Printing homes rather than building them still seems like something out of a science fiction novel, but it might soon become reality. Earlier this year, a Chinese company successfully printed 10 houses in a single day, and now the UK-based Loughborough University signed a deal with the construction company Skanska and architecture firm Foster + Partners, agreeing to help develop and commercialize 3D concrete printing. In other words, your dream home could simply be printed out in a few years.

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Simple and Minimalistic Prefab House from MUJI

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Simplifying and minimizing is the key to more sustainable living, and it’s always nice to see cool new housing developed with this in mind. The Japanese firm MUJI recently unveiled yet another new prefab design called the Vertical House, which is simple, affordable and environmentally-friendly, and has a very tiny footprint.

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New Method of Harvesting Wave Energy

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For towns and cities in coastal areas, harvesting wave energy makes a lot of sense. The company Albatern from Scotland recently came out with a unique solution for easy and affordable way to do just that. The so-called WaveNET is a modular and scalable array of floating generator units. These units, also referred to as “Squids”, are capable of harvesting wave energy via their buoyant arms that can follow the motion of the waves very precisely.

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Tiny Prefab Homes Worth Checking Out

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The Dutch firm 2by4 Architects recently launched a line of unique tiny prefab homes, which can serve a variety of purposes, such as a vacation home, office guest room and more. They can also be taken off the grid, and could actually be used for a permanent residence too.

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Bright’n Green Net-Zero Building Unveiled in Brooklyn

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A net-zero apartment complex was recently opened in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, NY. The construction of this sustainable building was put on hold by hurricane Sandy, which hit when the building was already under construction. According to Robert Scarano, the architect who designed the Bright ’n Green project, as it is called, did not suffer major damage, and the net-zero building was able to supply power to the neighborhood via extension cords during the aftermath of Sandy.

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