Great Modern Spin on the Yurt

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The yurt has been around for a long time, which makes sense since it is a pretty good design for a shelter. Freedom Yurt-Cabins, based in Aurora, Colorado have recently unveiled a modern take on this classic, which includes energy-efficient windows, good insulation and a real front door.

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By |September 23rd, 2015|Prefab|0 Comments

Unique Energy Positive Home

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Architect Paul Lukez has come up with a concept for a compact home, which would be super insulated and energy positive. While still in the concept stage, it does look quite promising. The design of the home was inspired by New England’s barns and New York’s lofts and that is quite a mixture. (more…)

By |September 10th, 2015|Modern architecture|4 Comments

Shipping Container Used to Build a Skyscraper

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The international firm Ganti and Associates Design has proposed a skyscraper to be built out of repurposed shipping containers. This skyscraper would be erected in the Dharavi slum in Mumbai, India. While building large structure such as this out of used shipping containers is certainly very sustainable, there is always the question of how to make them structurally sound and how to prevent excessive heat gain to consider.

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By |September 4th, 2015|Container Design|3 Comments

Convertible Apartment That’s Spacious and Cozy

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Apartment space is at an all time premium in urban areas, so living in tiny shoebox apartments has become the norm. Often this means sacrificing comfort, so it’s always nice to see small apartment designs, which take this problem on and create cozy and comfortable living solutions. (more…)

By |September 3rd, 2015|Modern design|0 Comments

New Masonry Building Method Cuts Carbon Emissions

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The Russian design studio Zaarchitects have come up with a concept they call “smart masonry” techniques, which would involve using parametric tools and robot arms in the construction of concrete buildings. This method would require the use of less concrete for the construction of more lightweight, precise, efficient and less bulky buildings. (more…)

By |September 2nd, 2015|Modern architecture|0 Comments

Using Google to Calculate Solar Power Harvesting Potential

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Needless to say, a lot more people would likely choose to install solar panels on their roofs, if they had viable information as to how much power they can realistically expect to get from them. Solar panels are expensive after all. Now, Google is starting a new venture called Project Sunroof, which will go a long way towards remedying this problem.

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By |August 31st, 2015|Green Tech|0 Comments