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.
Chinese architecture and design collective Penda reckons bamboo should be a more widespread construction material than it currently is. To promote this view, the firm produced a pavilion, dubbed Rising Canes, for this year's Beijing Design Week. The installation comprises a prototype bamboo framework that Penda envisions as a basis for a modular housing system in the future.
The Drifter, by Seattle, Washington-based Drift House Campers, may appeal to those seeking a small and inexpensive trailer for weekend getaways. It boasts a bed, kitchen area, some storage space, and optional off-grid extras. Prices start at US$6,250.
Unfortunately, the much-hated office cubicle isn't going away any time soon, but the small living movement has enabled a few enterprising types to enjoy an unorthodox working environment. In a similar vein to the Lorraine and Kantoorkaravaan, Denmark-based designer Jonas Hallberg's Tiny Office features everything required to do a day's work, wherever he chooses to take it.
Some people find it a hassle to ride around with a bicycle lock, which is why firms like Interlock offer products such as a seatpost that doubles up as a bike lock. Its latest offering, the Denny Handlebar Lock, is a handlebar that pulls apart to function as a U-lock.
Foster + Partners has drawn upon its considerable experience designing airports to conceive a Droneport for Rwanda. Gimmicky-sounding name notwithstanding, the ambitious project could save lives if successful. Working alongside École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, and Afrotech, among others, the aim is for delivery drones to fly out from the hub and travel up to 100 km (62 miles) to take medical and other urgent supplies to where they're needed.
Though the field is still relatively new, 3D-printed architecture could
prove a real boon to potential Mars colonizers. Inspired by NASA's competition
seeking ideas for potential 3D-printed Mars habitats, French firm
Fabulous has designed a conceptual shelter, dubbed Sfero, that would be
3D-printed on the Red Planet using locally-available materials.
UK-based outdoors company Anevay recently unveiled a portable
wood-burning stove that looks like it could be a good fit for
small-living enthusiasts and off-grid types. The firm says that the
Frontier Plus can be safely used in a tiny house, van, tipi, or even a
Soaring high above Tianjin's business district, the Goldin Finance 117 tower is nicknamed the "Walking Stick" on account of its overall shape. Though still under construction, the 117-story mixed-use building achieved its maximum height of 597 m (1,958 ft) on September 8, thus ensuring its status as one of the world's tallest skyscrapers.
Developers Sand Hill Property Company recently acquired an enviable chunk of Silicon Valley real estate in the form of Cupertino's Vallco Shopping Mall. The firm has big plans for the 50 acre (20 hectare) site, and in a US$3 billion development project, aims to turn it into a sustainable mixed-use town center that boasts the world's largest green roof.
With the welcome news that the Apple TV is receiving a significant upgrade, things are getting interesting for the firm's oft-neglected little black box. Now, SteelSeries has unveiled what is touted as the very first dedicated game controller for the new set top box.