Highlights from the 2015 Geneva Motor Show

Adam Williams

L’air Nouveau de Paris (or New Paris air), by Planning Korea (Image: Planning Korea)

We recently heard about an ambitious proposal drawn up by Vincent Callebaut to transform Paris into a sustainable city. Planning Korea has also taken a stab at imagining what form architecture in the city could take in its proposal dubbed L’air Nouveau de Paris (or New Paris air), and it's just as bonkers as Callebaut's concept.  Read More

The LeafxPro aims to keep cyclists dry in a downpour

Even the most dedicated bicycle commuter could be forgiven for taking a look at the weather outside every now and then, and deciding to drive the car to work instead. LeafxPro aims to cater for such occasions with what's most easily described as an umbrella for your bike.  Read More

W.I.N.D. House, by Dutch firm UNStudio (Photo: Fedde de Weert)

We've reported on a number of homes that can be controlled from inside or afar by smartphone, including the El Refugio Inteligente and Schoolmasters houses. The recently-completed W.I.N.D. House, by Dutch firm UNStudio, is another such example, and the high-end residence also sports sustainable technology that reduces its dependence on the grid.  Read More

Tree Top Studio was completed in 2014 (Photo: Sam Noonan)

What do you do if you're an award-winning architect in need of a new home office, and you don't want to extend or alter your impressive heritage-listed home? Well, if you happen to be Australia's Max Pritchard, you roll your sleeves up and get busy building yourself an equally impressive forest retreat in your garden.  Read More

The ElectricMood folding electric scooter

We've covered our fair share of last-mile electric vehicles here at Gizmag, but this latest to come to our attention may just hit the sweet spot between weight, top speed, and range. The folding e-scooter, dubbed ElectricMood, is currently in the prototype stage, and its designers hope to raise funds via crowdfunding platform Indiegogo to bring it to production.  Read More

Work on the MMMMMS House began back in 2011 and was finally completed in 2014 (Photo: Anna...

It takes a certain kind of house and climate to make semi-outdoor living appeal on a regular basis (as my rusting garden furniture attests). Australia's Cut Paw Paw House manages it, and so does Spain's similar MMMMMS House: a passively-cooled home extended with a skeletal structure that serves to encourage its owners to spend more time outside.  Read More

In all, the students worked on the project for 10 weeks (Photo: Central College) Iowa-based Central College environmental studies majors Amy Andrews and Ethan Van Kooten decided to build a tiny house for their senior project. Thanks to a hand-me-down storehouse, combined with the pair's knack for salvaging furniture from scrap, they were able to do so at a cost of just US$489.  Read More

The Hütte Hut is the work of husband and wife team Brian and Katrina Manzo of Sprouting Sp... The Hütte Hut is a tiny teardrop trailer that could be a good fit for somebody looking for a caravan with very small physical footprint. It measures a total of just 4 sq m (44 sq ft), and has enough room to sleep two adults.  Read More

BioLite has increased its line of off-grid gadgets with the NanoGrid (Photo: BioLite) BioLite is expanding its line of off-grid gadgets with the recently-unveiled NanoGrid, a combined lighting and power storage system that helps keep your camp illuminated and charges your USB-powered devices, too.  Read More

The Observatory is currently installed in the South Downs National Park (Photo: Matt Dunki...

Last year, we reported on an Indiegogo campaign raising funds to build The Observatory: an off-grid tiny shelter and artist's studio that will visit various locations in England and allow an artist-in-residence to live and work, displaying their created art to visitors. Though it didn't reach its crowdfunding goal, the project survived, and was recently installed in Winchester's South Downs National Park.  Read More

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