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.
When commissioned to design and build a Victorian-era inspired tiny home by a Doomsday Prepper client – that is, someone who wants to be prepared should a huge calamity befall civilization – Maximus Extreme Living Solutions was in its element. The firm duly produced the Victorian Prepper, a towable home ready to operate off-grid and complete with ample storage for food and firearms.
Following its plan to bring London out of the shade with shadow-free skyscrapers, NBBJ has unveiled a new proposal to replace tube trains in the London Underground's Circle Line with travelators, or moving walkways. The firm says this would allow users to stroll relatively long distances more quickly than if traveling by train.
New York City-based entrepreneur, investor, and perennial tinkerer Arnon Rosan drew inspiration from everyone's favorite construction toy to create a modular building system. Functioning very much like supersized Lego, EverBlock is promoted as suitable for building modular furniture, dividing walls, and even a habitable shelter – no glue, or specialist tools required.
Following its recent Studio iPhone-enhancing case and accessory system, Olloclip has unveiled a new macro lens kit for the iPhones 6 and 6 Plus at this year's IFA. The Macro Pro Lens promises to turn your iPhone into a digital microscope or loupe, and should make it easier to capture arty macro shots of bugs and flowers, and the like.
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.