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People in glass houses: The best uses of glass in architecture

Architects have long used glass to provide light and views, but the following homes and buildings go a lot further. Ranging from practical full-time home to experimental sustainable dwelling, each is a completed project that is either mostly made from glass or uses the material in such a way as to make it the defining feature. Join us as we highlight the best glass architecture we've seen so far. Read More

Cream of the crop: The world's top new buildings

The prestigious Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has launched a brand-new international award that highlights the best new buildings from around the world. The institute has selected 30 buildings varying in size, cost, and style – each of which displays architectural innovation and excellence.Read More

Bunker-like bolthole lays low on the US-Mexico border

Located just 15 miles north of the US-Mexico border, Casa Caldera is a vacation home that's often left empty for long stretches of time, so unwelcome attention from potential migrant and narco-traffickers was deemed a concern. In response, Tucson, Arizona-based firm Dust designed a discreet, secure, and surprisingly sustainable desert bolthole.Read More

Living in a greenhouse: One family's experiment in sustainable living

Dutch stylist Helly Scholten is interested in living sustainably, so when the chance came to move herself and her family into an experimental sustainable house designed by Rotterdam University students and researchers, she jumped at it. Essentially an oversized greenhouse, the house was built to explore sustainable methods of living and will serve as the family's full-time home for three years.Read More

New eco-village hits the (plastic) bottle

Recycled plastic bottles have previously been used to make a sustainable home, but an ambitious new project in Panama hopes to use the ubiquitous modern waste product to construct an entire village. It's early days yet, but the idea is that the aptly-named Plastic Bottle Village will eventually comprise between 90 to 120 homes, each insulated by thousands of plastic bottles.Read More

Tourists to have a new place to hang out in Dubai

Such is the desire for every new blockbuster building in Dubai to differentiate itself from all others that their features get ever-more outlandish. Aykon City, for example, is a planned six-tower development aimed at providing all the trappings of a city. You'll also be able to hang off the top of it 935 ft (285 m) in the air.Read More

Europe pushes the houseboat out at Dubai's The World

Ever wondered what it looks like if you combine Dubai's wealth, ambition, coastline and climate? Well, it looks like floating villas with submerged bedrooms that provide views of the surrounding sea-life off a reclaimed island archipelago shaped like a map of the world in the Persian Gulf.Read More

Couple clocks 22,000 miles in tiny home

There are lots of tiny houses that are made to be moveable, but typically, such homes stay stationary for an extended period of time before they're relocated. For Jenna Spesard and Guillaume Dutilh, their tiny home was built from the ground up with the idea that it would be a rolling abode they'd take all over the United States and Canada. So how did that work out for them? In just two years they visited more than 30 states and five Canadian provinces. A new short video highlights their home and lifestyle.Read More

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