Adam scours the globe from his home in North Wales in order to bring the best of innovative architecture and sustainable design to the pages of Gizmag. Most of his spare time is spent dabbling in music, tinkering with old Macintosh computers and trying to keep his even older VW bus on the road.
Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses is fast becoming one of the most prolific tiny house builders on our radar. Following its most recent Front Range model, the busy Colorado-based firm has returned with the Pequod: a large trailer-based home for a family of four with intricate detailing that lends it a whimsical look a little reminiscent of an old-fashioned gypsy caravan.
Most Instagram users probably check their feed with a smartphone or
similar device. New York-based studio Breakfast, however, has created a
machine that displays Instagram images and basic animations using
thousands of spools of thread.
Regular readers may remember the Escape home we reported on last year that brings the kind of fixtures and fittings you'd usually expect to find in a full-sized house to a Park Home. The company is back with the Escape Traveler which, as you might have guessed, takes this compact living concept and puts it on a trailer for easier transportation.
A tornado hitting your house is no joke, but it's not always practical to build a shelter just in case the worst should happen. If the thought of jumping into a protective bag doesn't appeal, a new tough construction panel developed at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) could be a good alternative. UAB's new panels can be retrofitted to existing houses or integrated into new builds, and offer protection even in the most extreme EF5 tornado – that is, in winds over 200 mph (321 km/h).
The Royal Institute of Architects (RIBA) has whittled down its selection of 37 National Awards winners to just six for this year's Stirling Prize Shortlist. An overall winner will be declared the best British building of 2015 later in the year, and receive the prestigious Stirling Prize.
Efforts to design a safe and affordable home for the world's poorest and most vulnerable people have resulted in some impressive architectural innovation, including the Bamboo Micro House, S House, and Ikea's Better Shelter. The recently-built Temporary Shelter in Nepal is aimed at offering displaced Nepalese a basic but flexible shelter that can be built by a group of unskilled workers within three days.
We've covered plenty of tiny houses on wheels here at Gizmag, but Small House on Tracks is the first that would sit on rails. Designed by Polish architecture students Tomasz Zablotny and Paweł Maszota, the concept comprises a number of expandable tiny homes that could be moved around on existing rail tracks in Gdańsk Shipyard.
City offices aren't always the most inspiring places to work, but the KantoorKaravaan is designed to help workers boost their productivity by letting them take their work to the great outdoors. Designed by Dutch firm The Tipping Point Foundation, the solar-powered, self-contained micro-office features everything required to get work done.
BMT Asia Pacific, the firm behind the Project Utopia floating island, has developed a new concept for a luxury floating villa envisioned for calm waters near the coast. Boasting an underwater bedroom that would literally let you sleep with the fishes, SeaScape can also be expanded with attachable pontoons to increase available floorspace.
Italian architecture firm Luca Curci Architects recently unveiled its ambitious vision for a huge skyscraper in the Middle East. The aptly-named Vertical City would rest on the sea bed and rise out of the water to a total height of 750 m (2,460 ft).