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Architecture

World's largest green roof planned for Cupertino development

Developers Sand Hill Property Company recently acquired an enviable chunk of Silicon Valley real estate in the form of Cupertino's Vallco Shopping Mall. The firm has big plans for the 50 acre (20 hectare) site, and in a US$3 billion development project, aims to turn it into a sustainable mixed-use town center that boasts the world's largest green roof.Read More

ModRoof promises a safer shelter for low-income families

Metal and concrete corrugated roofs are a ubiquitous feature on homes and shelters worldwide due to their low-cost, but they're really not very good at their job. Both are poor insulators, notoriously prone to leaks and can contain dangerous substances like asbestos ... plus they're not easy to sleep under during a monsoonal downpour. Indian startup ReMaterials reckons it has a better solution with its sustainable, modular roofing system called ModRoof.Read More

Off-grid writer's retreat offers a tiny place to create

Boston-based startup Getaway was recently formed by a group of Harvard students to provide tiny houses for rent to those wanting to escape the grind or give tiny living a test-drive (something we'd recommend trying before diving in with both feet). Its latest diminutive dwelling, the Lorraine, offers up to two occupants a comfortable off-grid writer's retreat, well-provisioned with everything that's required to get in the mood to create.Read More

Convertible apartment increases living space by 70 percent

Pressures on space and money are making space-saving apartments increasingly popular. New Convertible Spaces apartments in Melbourne, Australia, are one such example. Movable walls can be used to open up a living space or cut it in two to create a bedroom area with a pull down bed and storage units.Read More

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