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.
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.
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.
Bulgarian architect Hristina Hristova wanted to be able to take her
young family on vacation without staying in hotel resorts or buying an
expensive and immovable holiday home. After giving it some thought, a
plan was hatched to build the Koleliba: a coined term which she
translates as "tiny house with wheels."
Construction work has begun in earnest on Zaha Hadid's One Thousand Museum – a 62 story, "Six Star" luxury residential skyscraper in Miami that will offer impressive views over Biscayne Bay. The project is expected to be completed in 2017.
If sitting is so bad for our health, why do we let our kids sit at a desk all day to do their schoolwork? Such is the reasoning behind the StandUp: an adjustable standing desk suitable for both adults and kids from the age of six up.
With its clever design and use of low-cost materials, the flood-proof Blooming Bamboo house by Vietnam's H&P Architects impressed us back in 2013. project is similarly innovative, Built using recycled materials, the firm's multicolored, multifunctional Re-ainbow community center is similarly innovative.
Houston, Texas-based purveyor of outdoor gear Tenativ recently unveiled its one-person bag and tent combo named Moedal and Totem. The tent can reportedly be assembled within 30 seconds, and the product looks like it might appeal to casual campers and festival goers.
If you want to give your legs a bit of a rest when riding your kickbike, an oddity spotted at Eurobike 2015 this week could be just what you're looking for. The Kick-Varibike can be propelled by leg or hand power, and the riding experience is likened by the firm to cross-country skiing or stand up paddling.
Nissan has joined forces with British architecture firm Foster + Partners to design a new generation of fuel station that takes into account the continued growth of electric vehicles. At the moment it's all very mysterious, and both firms remain tight-lipped as to what they have planned.
Solar-powered homes, cars, and planes are all well and good, but decades of research in the field have finally resulted in something really useful: the IrresistiCat solar-powered cat toy. It's a simple device, featuring a ball that's propelled around a circular enclosure when enough juice has been received from its solar panel.