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.
Whether for financial or ethical reasons, or in pursuit of a better way of life, increasing numbers of people are joining the burgeoning small living movement. Join Gizmag as we give a big thumbs up to ten of the most attractive, innovative, and downright interesting tiny houses we've come across in the past 12 months.
Last year, we reported on the Thames Deckway: a very ambitious billion dollar proposal to build a floating, sustainably-powered cycle path on the River Thames, in the heart of London. In a bid to raise funds to move the project forward, an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign has been launched.
Vietnam's Vo Trong Nghia Architects recently displayed its latest S House prototype at the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Designed for low-income families, the simple home is nearing the mass production stage and is expected to cost less than US$1,000 to construct.
Gardens and balconies can be hard to come by in many apartment blocks, but Aldana Ferrer Garcia has designed an extending window frame that would offer users a way to catch some rays while remaining inside.
Each winter for the past 26 years, guests have enjoyed a chilly reception at a newly-sculpted Icehotel in Jukkasjärvi, Swedish Lapland, before it melts away and a different structure is built in its place. This routine could soon change though, as plans were recently unveiled to add a permanent solar-powered hotel to the site that will be open year-round.
Following a lawsuit, a significant redesign, and not a little controversy, the Chicago City Council has finally succumbed to the Force, and approved zoning for the George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. The ambitious project is expected to open for business sometime in 2019.
Britain's WilkinsonEyre Architects has proposed a new mixed-use skyscraper for Melbourne, Australia. Boasting a luxury hotel, upmarket apartments, and a publicly accessible restaurant at its top, the Queensbridge Tower would rise to a height of 84 stories.
It's widely accepted that sitting at a desk all day is bad for our health and a lot of people address this by buying one of the many standing desks that have hit the market in recent years. The Altwork Station was designed to capitalize on this trend and allows users to stand, sit, or recline in order to ensure they remain comfortable and productive.
Steampunk aficionados and those looking to try something different can now enjoy a tipple at what's probably the world's first kinetic steampunk bar. Based in Transylvania, the Enigma Cafe is an impressively intricate work of interior design chock full of moving clocks, cogs, and whirring machinery.
Following the severe earthquake that struck Nepal earlier this year, Italian firm Barberio Colella ARC has designed a disaster shelter dubbed Just a Minute for displaced Nepalese people. Though likely to remain on the drawing board, the shelter features some interesting ideas, including a concertina-like expandable structure that facilitates transportation.