Dignified Disaster Relief Housing

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There is always need for disaster relief housing, and the recently introduced Hex House is certainly one of the more dignified ones. It was created by a non-profit design practice Architects For Society, which is a joint effort of professionals from the US, Europe and the Middle East. Their aim is provide easy to deploy housing, which is both affordable and provides a dignified way to live to refugees, and those displaced by natural disasters. (more…)

By |July 26th, 2016|Modern design|0 Comments

Off-Grid Foot-Powered Washing Machine

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Washing machines use up a lot of energy and water, so having one when you’re striving for off-grid living is not a convenient option. But the so-called Yirego Drumi washing machine solves this problem. It is powered by a foot pedal and needs no electricity to operate. As such it would make a great addition to any sustainable home. (more…)

By |July 21st, 2016|Green Tech|0 Comments

Smart Windows Coming Soon

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Smart windows are the logical next step in the evolution of home design. Basically, the idea behind them is that instead of adding blinds or curtains to windows, so as to control the amount of heat or light entering the home (or for privacy) the windows would already have this function built in. Sounds futuristic, but a team of researchers at Harvard’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences have found a simple and quite affordable way to achieve it. (more…)

By |July 21st, 2016|Green Tech|0 Comments

Rooftop Cabins to Solve the Problem of Affordable Urban Living

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Finding an affordable place to live in most large cities across the world is becoming more of a problem everyday. Now a company from Germany has come up with an innovative solution. They would build prefab cabins, called Cabin Spacey (which is also the name of the firm), on top of existing buildings. These homes would be small, but functional and they wouldn’t break the bank. (more…)

By |July 19th, 2016|Prefab|0 Comments

San Francisco Restaurant is Sustainable to the Core

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The Perennial, a restaurant that recently opened in San Francisco, truly is sustainable through and through. It’s the brainchild of husband and wife Anthony Myint and Karen Leibowitz and boast of it’s own aquaponic greenhouse, uses only responsibly-reared meat, and was decorated using recycled materials. The latter is only the tip of the iceberg as far as sustainable design goes though, and the restaurant is currently seeking a LEED Platinum certification. (more…)

By |July 15th, 2016|Green Building|0 Comments

Woman Converts Van Into an Awesome Solar Powered Home

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When seeking a mobile home, converting a van into one makes a lot of sense. And that’s exactly what Christine On thought. She completed the entire conversion by herself and it took her 32 months, but the end result is a cozy mobile home, which is exactly how she wanted it. (more…)

By |July 13th, 2016|Modern design|0 Comments