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Flohara by Paris-based XTU Architects (Image: XTU)

Here's some highly conceptual food for thought from XTU Architects. The Paris-based firm has drawn up a concept for creating sustainable shelters using that one material that the inhospitable Sahara desert has in abundance ... sand.  Read More

View from the top: New York's One World Observatory will offer visitors a view of New York...

Positioned toward the top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, New York's One World Observatory should offer visitors an amazing view of New York City and the surrounding area. It's set to open to the general public on May 29 and will cost adults US$32 per ticket.  Read More

The Shebeen portable pub comes well-stocked and includes glasses, alcohol, mixers, and eve...

Here's a side of the small living movement we'll happily raise a glass to. The Shebeen is a tiny bar on wheels that travels around Ireland catering to parties and weddings. Completed in September 2014, the towable structure measures just 4.2 x 2.1 m (14 x 7 ft), and aims to recreate the atmosphere of an authentic Irish pub.  Read More

The Raven Loft is perched some 5.1 m (17 ft) off the ground in British Columbia (Photo: Ge...

"Working at heights is risky," affirms Geoff de Ruiter when quizzed by Gizmag on the challenges he faced while building a tiny treehouse perched 5.1 m (17 ft) off the ground in British Columbia. Happily though, the University of Northern British Columbia PhD student recently completed the Raven Loft treehouse without incident for just US$8,200, plus land costs, leaving him with a mortgage- and debt-free tiny retreat.  Read More

The Bullitt Center in Seattle has been awarded Living Building Certification

Since opening in 2013, Seattle's Bullitt Center has been claimed to be the world's greenest commercial building. Now, it's been awarded Living Building certification, a mark that's regarded as the highest standard of building sustainability.  Read More

Kristie Wolfe's tiny vacation home in Hawaii (Photo: Kristie Wolfe)

Designer and dressmaker Kristie Wolfe is the handy type, and a few years ago she dove headfirst into the small living movement, constructing herself a 9 sq m (97 sq ft) home in Boise, Idaho. This proved so successful that she decided to build another, this time an off-grid vacation home in Hawaii. The recently-completed treehouse cost around US$11,000 and took three months to build. Including travel costs, the purchase of land, and all additional expenses, the whole project came in at just $23,000.  Read More

The International Youth Culture Centre in Nanjing, China, is illuminated using 700,000 LED...

A building in Nanjing, China, has become a colorful addition to the city's skyline. The International Youth Culture Centre features an LED system from Philips that has 700,000 nodes and a palette of 16 million colors. Despite this, it reportedly costs less than €114 (US$122) per day to light.  Read More

The winners have been announced for the 2015 eVolo Skyscraper Competition

The winners of this year's eVolo Skyscraper Competition have been announced. The annual contest was established in 2006 with the aim of recognizing outstanding ideas for vertical living. This year's overall winner, the Essence Skyscraper, contains a variety of diverse natural habitats.  Read More

Clifftop Cave: The Blue Mountains offer exquisite views (Photo: Loz Blain/Gizmag.com)

Lionel Buckett squats barefoot on the stone outcropping that forms a natural verandah to his latest extraordinary creation. Weathered and weary with a shock of curly orange hair, he's looking out across a magnificent, pristine valley in Australia's Blue Mountains range, a view that probably hasn't changed in thousands, even hundreds of thousands of years. "It's an interesting thing with passive solar design," he muses, "that a cave facing north is probably the first passive solar building that humans ever lived in."  Read More

If the plan goes ahead, you'll be able to take part in the most epic roadtrip ever (Photo:...

Imagine being able to drive from London to New York, via Russia. While such a trip would take a while and give you a carbon footprint the size of Bigfoot, The Siberian Times reports that it may soon be possible, thanks to the recently-unveiled Trans-Eurasian Belt Development, which would also include a high-speed rail route.  Read More

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