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.
If you're an outdoorsy type then you probably already know how handy a water disinfectant system can be in the right circumstances – because who wants to lug large quantities of water around if they don't need to? Tortoise Gear has designed a prototype drink reservoir named Sol Water that's claimed to remove the vast majority of bacteria and viruses using the power of the sun.
Good ideas tend to stand the test of time and the yurt is no exception, hence the number of modern options on the market. Aurora, Colorado-based Freedom Yurt-Cabins offers its own updated take on the nomadic dwelling, with improvements including energy-efficient windows, a proper front door, and modern insulation. It's available in a number of sizes, with the smallest 217 sq ft (20 sq m) model starting at just under US$12,000.
Here's some interesting – though unlikely to be realized – food-for-thought from Shenzhen, China-based CRG Architects. The firm envisions constructing a pair of shipping container-based skyscrapers in one of the world's largest slums: Dharavi, Mumbai, India.
Back in 2011, we reported on BIG's Amager Bakke project: a waste-to-power station near Copenhagen billed as "the world's cleanest power plant." It should certainly be the world's most fun, as it's due to get a ski slope and an art installation which expels a steam ring each time a ton of carbon dioxide is released. The Danish firm recently turned to Kickstarter to fund development of the steam ring generator.
Honolulu, Hawaii-based firm Elevate recently unveiled an eponymous prototype structure that could appeal to fans of tiny houses and treehouses alike. Raised between 8 - 12 ft (2.4 - 3.6 m) on a wooden pedestal, the greenery-covered dwelling features a partially shaded space to park a car underneath, and boasts solar panels and a rainwater collection system.
Bratislava, Slovakia-based Nice Architects made quite a splash when it unveiled its Ecocapsule micro-shelter back in May, even though all we had to go on at the time were some interesting renders. In the months since, the firm has turned pixels into prototype product, and hopes to start shipping its novel egg-shaped tiny home in early 2016.
San Diego city officials have revealed some initial details concerning a planned new NFL stadium that will be home to the San Diego Chargers. Still subject to final approval, the stadium boasts a capacity of 68,000 seats and features a design that draws inspiration from the local area.
Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has been declared the winner of an international competition to design a new bridge in Taipei, Taiwan. Set for location at the mouth of the Tamsui River, ZHA says that Danjiang Bridge will be the longest single-tower asymmetric cable-stayed bridge in the world once complete.
Tiny houses can range from ridiculously cheap to relatively expensive,
depending on how much work you do yourself, the materials used, and how
well-furnished the interior is. Monarch Tiny Homes offers what looks
like a good compromise between these two extremes, with its Half/Half
tiny house. For US$22,000 the firm sells a well-insulated home that's
finished on the outside, with the interior left a bare shell for the
owner to complete.
San Francisco-based startup Nebia recently produced a prototype shower that it says offers a better, more immersive showering experience. The Nebia Shower is also claimed to reduce water use by up to 70 percent, compared to a typical household shower.