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A new pop-up local business campus is set to open in Brixton, London, UK. Pop Brixton will be home to local independent start-ups and small businesses. It will be housed in a temporary shipping container village, but it is the project's ethos that is perhaps its most innovative facet.

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There was more than a touch of irony about the University of Melbourne's old architecture building. As the breeding ground for generations of Australia's designers and builders, the plain brick building had come to be known as one of the campuses most drab and uninspiring structures. But a simmering discontent boiled over in 2009, when the university announced plans to knock it down and start again. Now standing in its place is a multi award-winning building that's as visually arresting as it is environmentally-friendly. The Melbourne School of Design places a premium on sustainability and collaborative education, and through an inventive architectural approach it has married the two to produce a truly unique learning environment.

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When we're looking for somewhere to stay, sometimes it needs to cater for both leisure and work. The Zoku Loft does just this. The rentable 25 sq m (269 sq ft) micro-apartment is a home-office hybrid that uses clever design to squeeze a host of features into its limited space, including a small kitchen, a recessed working area and slide in/out stairs to a screened loft.

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Bratislava's Nice Architects has revealed some renders and preliminary details concerning its Ecocapsule: a micro-shelter that operates off-grid and promises impressive sustainable technology including solar power, rainwater collection and filtration, and wind power. The firm will unveil a prototype later this month and plans to make it available for sale later this year.

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Colorado-based Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses has revealed its latest creation, and unlike the firm's mammoth Rio Grande and Custom 30 Foot homes, this one should appeal to those who like their tiny houses to be, well, tiny. Resting on a custom 5.4-m (18-ft) two-wheeled trailer, Front Range is only around half the length of its predecessors, but also commands around half their price, and is currently up for sale at US$37,000.

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Stockholm-based Tham & Videgård (of wooden high-rise fame) took an unusual approach while aiming to design a house that could be all things to all people. The firm analyzed data created by roughly 2 million Swedes – or 20 percent of the country's population – to design what's billed as a new type of democratic architecture.

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Have you ever dreamt of living in floating house in which you simply cast off and sail away? Well now's your chance. For one week only, Airbnb is offering the opportunity of a night's stay at a house that is floating along the River Thames in London, UK.

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The Yazdani Studio of international design firm CannonDesign recently revealed its new living unit, dubbed Sleeping Pod, that will serve as diminutive digs for students at the University of Utah's Lassonde Studios. Featuring everything you'd expect to see in a dorm room shoehorned into a small package, Sleeping Pod could also prove a good fit for temporary housing, or serve as an additional bedroom or office space.

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The winners of a competition to revitalize two bridges in the US city of Atlanta, Georgia, have been announced. Creative concepts were sought for the the 10th Street Bridge and the Courtland Street/Ralph McGill Boulevard Bridge.

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A new arts venue in Manchester, UK, not only promises to deliver a world-class program of theater, film and visual art, but is high-tech, sustainable and very clever. Home is a purpose-built facility with exhibition, screening and performance spaces, as well as a bar and cafe.

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