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Bridget Borgobello

Tiny Houses

Tiny green-roofed home can be packed up and moved on with minimal ecological footprint

Ecuadorian architects Luis Velasco Roldan and Ángel Hevia Antuña have joined forces to develop a 50 sq m (538 sq ft) green-roofed home called the Nelson Homero ESPE Prototype II. The aim was to create an energy-efficient housing prototype that combines natural materials with traditional building methods, which could be dismantled and moved to different locations for energy efficiency testing in different climates.Read More

Floating hotel planned for the city of romance

French architectural firm Seine Design is currently working on constructing a floating hotel in Paris, which is set to launch in the first quarter of 2016. Dubbed "OFF Paris Seine", the floating river hotel will feature 58 guests rooms, a scenic guest lounge with open views over the river, a 10 meter (32.8 ft) lap pool, an onboard restaurant and a 400 square meter (4,305 sq ft) outdoor terrace.Read More

3D Printing

Researchers create a 3D-printed vehicle that can power a 3D-printed home (and vice versa)

A research team from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ONRL) has created a new model for how we can connect the way we power our homes and vehicles. Dubbed AMIE (Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy), the platform features special technology that allows a bi-directional flow of energy between a dwelling and a vehicle. In other words, the house can fuel the car and the car can fuel the house. What's more, ORNL used 3D printing technology to build the dwelling and the vehicle, before successfully trialing the new energy system.Read More

Tiny Houses

Tiny prefab Box homes go up in as little as a day

London's Bert and May Group recently launched a series of clever prefabricated box homes that take as little as one day to set up. The design firm has created four different versions of its prefabricated Big Box home, ranging from a 46-sq m (495-sq ft), two-bedroom family home, down to a 7.7-sq m (82-sq ft) tiny home. Created in collaboration with local architectural studio Box 9 Design and taking 14 weeks to manufacture, the fully-functional tiny dwellings boast a rustic appeal, eco-friendly materials, structural insulation and a green roof.Read More

Architecture

Slovenian alpine shelter is not for the faint hearted

Slovenian architectural firm OFIS recently teamed up with AKT II engineers and design students from Harvard Graduate School of Design to create an innovative alpine shelter. Located amid the harsh mountaintops of Mount Skuta in Slovenia, the new shelter replaces a rusty 50 year old bivouac (storm refuge) and provides humble accommodation for up to eight hikers. Perched amid an extreme alpine environment, the modular shelter was broken down into three sections and flown into its new home by helicopter.Read More

Outdoors

Tough teardrop caravan offers cozy off-road comfort

Colorado-based outdoor enthusiast Britton Purser has teamed up with his two younger brothers to create a series of lightweight teardrop caravans tough enough to take off road. The Vintage Overland teardrops weigh about 700 lb and provide the makings for a quick and easy getaway, offering shelter for two adults or, with a few additions, even a family of four.Read More

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