Highlights from the 2015 Geneva Motor Show

Adam Williams

Florida-based Cubicco's line of flatpack homes are tougher than they look

Prefabricated flatpack homes offer some benefits over their brick-and-mortar counterparts: they're efficient to build and transport, quick to erect, and they are often more affordable too. Florida-based firm Cubicco's line of flatpack homes offer all these pluses, and are also rated to withstand hurricane wind speeds of up to 180 mph (290 km/h). They can be outfitted with sustainable technology too, including rainwater harvesting and solar power.  Read More

Gizmag reviews 808 Audio's Performer BT Bluetooth headphones (Photo: Adam Williams/Gizmag)

The sub-US$100 Bluetooth headphone market is pretty crowded, but 808 Audio recently unveiled some new budget cans that it hopes will make a splash. The Performer BT Bluetooth headphones boast the firm's new Flex Fit ear cup suspension technology, which promises to make even the longest listening sessions comfortable. Duly intrigued, Gizmag gave them a whirl – read on below to see how they fared.  Read More

Schoolmasters was completed in October 2014 (Photo: build different)

UK-based sustainable construction firm build different recently completed work on an energy-efficient prefabricated home located near Aberdeen, Scotland. Dubbed Schoolmasters, it follows Passivhaus principles and draws most of its required energy from renewable sources. Such things as lighting and heating can also be monitored and controlled with a smartphone or tablet.  Read More

Simple Home by Gerhard Feldbacher (Photo: Gerhard Feldbacher)

Austrian Gerhard Feldbacher recently unveiled an interesting small home that aims to strike a happy balance between ease of transport and size. Named Simple Home, the small dwelling sports four integrated legs that enable it to be easily transported by truck and left in its intended location without the need of a crane, hoist, or other machinery.  Read More

Burr Burton Academy Mountain Campus, by Bensonwood, won the Regional Excellence category o...

WoodWorks, an initiative of the Wood Products Council – a body that strives to promote the benefits of building with wood – recently announced the 16 winners of its 2015 Wood Design Awards. The event offers an opportunity to judge the current state of new and recently-built wooden buildings in the United States.  Read More

The planned site of the Smithsonian Institution's gallery, at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park... For the first time in its 168 year history, the Smithsonian Institution may be "coming home," in a manner of speaking. Originally founded with funds from British scientist James Smithson, it has never established a longterm exhibition outside the United States. But recently unveiled plans for a new culture and arts center to be built at London’s Olympic Park site in the UK.  Read More

Render depicting the new Cycling Superhighway on Blackfriars Road, London (Image: Transpor...

Following an announcement from London mayor Boris Johnson yesterday, cycling in central London looks set to become significantly safer. Two new Cycling Superhighways are planned for the city, and – subject to final approval from Transport for London – work on building the routes will begin in March.  Read More

kraftwerk runs on gas and promises to recharge an iPhone up to 11 times before needing a r...

Battery packs like the iCruiser are handy for recharging mobile devices off-the-grid, but they soon run out of juice, which isn't ideal if you'll be away from mains power for an extended period of time. You could go solar with a device like the Waka Waka, but then there's the worry of getting enough rays. Another option may be on the way in the form of kraftwerk: a prototype fuel cell power pack for USB-powered devices that runs from gas canisters and promises to charge an iPhone up to 11 times before needing a refill.  Read More

Room on a Roof, by Netherlands-based i29 (Photo: i29)

Netherlands-based firm i29 recently transformed the interior of a small tower on the roof of Amsterdam's 19th Century De Bijenkorf department store into a novel studio that will host a series of artists-in-residence. The project is dubbed Room on a Roof and indeed comprises just one room.  Read More

The tower is rated as lasting up to 10 years and will require that locals are trained in o...

As water shortage is a serious issue in many parts of the world, a means of efficiently harnessing safe drinking water from thin air without the need of expensive infrastructure could be a real lifesaver. Italy's Architecture and Vision is developing an off-grid bamboo tower called Warka Water that promises just that: the firm says it could collect an annual average of up to 100 liters (26.4 US gallons) of water per day.  Read More

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