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Project Gregory proposes the use of billboards-cum-shelters for housing the homeless

Earlier this year, Gizmag featured a concept that proposed using billboards as shelters for the homeless. The company behind Project Gregory suggested that income from advertising on the billboards could subsidize the shelters' running costs. It now hopes to build its first such shelters next year.  Read More

Top tiny homes: Increasing numbers of people are choosing to embrace simple and inexpensiv...

Constraints often fuel creativity, so it is perhaps unsurprising that despite inherent limitations in size and budget, the small living movement punches far above its weight in terms of innovation. With the end of 2014 fast approaching, Gizmag takes a look back at 14 of the best tiny homes that we’ve reported on this year.  Read More

The planned Gate Residence will feature a host of energy-saving and generating technologie...

Plenty of new buildings are now being built with technologies to help minimize environmental impact. Few, however, do so to the extent that Cairo, Egypt's, upcoming Gate Residence will. The complex will feature windcatchers, geothermal cooling, solar panels, solar heater tubes and wind turbines.  Read More

The Shepherd Hut will set you back around CAD 32,900 (US$29,146) (Photo: Güte)

Canadian company Güte recently designed a prefabricated trailer-like hut that's suitable for use as a small dwelling, office space, or guest room. Its old-school looks notwithstanding, the Shepherd Hut can be connected to an electricity supply or operate off-grid, and features a nice finish and some space-saving furniture inside.  Read More

Richardson's Yard opened in December, 2013 (Photo: James Farell)

Britain has a housing problem. According to homeless charity Crisis, the recession, deep cuts to the benefits system, and a comparative lack of new homes being built have all contributed to increased levels of homelessness over the last few years. With this in mind, QED Property recently collaborated with WCEC Architecture and the Brighton Housing Trust to build a new shipping container-based housing development in Brighton, UK, for people at risk of homelessness.  Read More

Vinge Train Station, in Denmark, will have an undulating circular design that helps avoid ...

Rail infrastructure has a tendency to split cities into two, beyond just its physical route. A station in Denmark, however, will use clever design to negate any such sense of separation. Vinge Train Station will use an undulating concourse that allows the city to flow seamlessly across the tracks.  Read More

The Zombie Fortification Cabin (ZFC-1), by British company Tiger Log Cabins (Image: Tiger ...

British company Tiger Log Cabins has stepped up just in time for Halloween to offer a fortified cabin that sports everything required to fight the undead, including off-grid technology, entertainment facilities, and even some heavy weaponry.  Read More

2by4 Architects' prefab cabins start at €75,000 (US$95,570) (Image: 2by4 Architects)

Last year we reported on 2by4 Architects' Recreational Island House, a particularly appealing vacation home constructed on a small island in Loosdrecht, the Netherlands. The Dutch firm received such positive feedback for the project that it was inspired to launch a series of prefabricated small homes based on the design. They're now ready for market and can serve as an office, vacation home, or full-time dwelling, and operate either on- or off-grid.  Read More

Battersea Roof Gardens is part of the Battersea Power Station redevelopment and will provi...

There have been a number of suggestions for redeveloping Battersea Power Station over the years, including adding a roller coaster and even turning it into a big green mountain. Earlier this year, however, plans were released for its redevelopment as a new town center. Details of large roof gardens for the new community have now been revealed.  Read More

Kitoko Studio has turned an 8 sq m (86 sq ft) former maid's room in Paris into a functiona...

When you're working with a limited amount of space, making the most of a room requires innovative thinking. One room in Paris demonstrates exactly that kind of approach. The former maid's room squeezes all the facilities of a full apartment into just 8 sq m (86 sq ft).  Read More

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