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Waterstudio's design for the Citadel

The Dutch are known for their ingenuity in taming it and using it to their advantage, but their systems for keeping water at bay are now being rethought by architect Koen Olthuis and his team at Waterstudio. While rising sea and river levels have inspired governments around the world to invest in better flood defenses, with the Citadel, Olthuis is embracing water-borne housing with particular vigor.  Read More

Swedish architectural firm Tengbom has come up with an accommodation model that squeezes s...

Swedish architectural firm Tengbom has come up with a creative new accommodation model that squeezes student living into a compact 10 sq m footprint. The Smart Student Unit aims to offer an inexpensive and sustainable housing choice for students in Sweden that could reduce the current residency rents by half.  Read More

Johannesburg based design studio, Architecture For A Change has recently completed the con...

Johannesburg-based design studio, Architecture For A Change (AFAC) has recently completed the construction of an off-the-grid prefabricated unit located in the informal settlement of Mamelodi, South-Africa. Dubbed Mamelodi Pod, the tiny prototype is designed with the aim of raising local living conditions while also providing an affordable housing solution for settlement districts.  Read More

The Ikea refugee shelter designed to provide refugees with better living conditions

A tragedy of modern times is the millions of refugees displaced by poverty, oppression, war and natural disaster. Most end up living in canvas tents of a basic design that are hot in summer, cold in winter, and only last about six months in constant use despite some refugees living in such tents for up to 12 years. On World Refugee Day in June, the Ikea Foundation unveiled a new flat-pack refugee shelter with a modular design and solar panel designed to help improve living conditions for refugees.  Read More

The Hathigaon elephants can visually connect with their caretakers (Photo: Carlos Chen)

Hathigaon (or elephant village) is an ongoing low-income housing project by RMA Architects designed to provide a suitable habitat for 100 working elephants and their keepers. The project is located on the foothills of the popular tourist destination of Amber Palace, near Jaipur, India, and sees land once devastated by sand quarrying once again reclaimed for use.  Read More

Freedom Room is seen as a viable modular low-cost living space, suitable for implementatio...

Located within Spoleto’s high security prison is an inmate carpentry workshop which produces furniture for other prisons throughout Italy. Artist collective Cibic Workshop joined forces with co-operative organization Comodo in order to task these talented carpenters with the creation of Freedom Room: a flexible and low-cost micro-living module concept that could be employed as a tiny dwelling, social housing solution, hostel, or perhaps even a more comfortable prison cell.  Read More

Might the home of the future be spherical?

A self-assembled spherical house may sound like a simple idea, but the founders of the Ekinoid Project are extraordinarily ambitious. It's thought that the global population could reach 9 billion by 2050, and to house some of those 2 billion extra people, the Ekinoid Project would see pop-up off-grid towns comprised entirely of spheroid pods accommodate 10,000 people at a time in some of Earth's least hospitable places.  Read More

Isbjerget is an apartment complex built on the waterfront of Aarhus in Denmark

Surely no one could, or indeed would, live in a real iceberg as it floated around in the sea. However, living in an apartment that's part of a building inspired by the shape and stature of an iceberg may not be so bad. Isbjerget (the Danish for Iceberg) is an apartment complex built on the waterfront of Aarhus in Denmark, with its unique shape providing sea views for (almost) all residents.  Read More

Cardborigami 2.0 weighs 10.5 pounds, and is finished with fire-retardant and water-resista...

Sadly, widespread homelessness isn’t going away any time soon, and until society works out a larger solution, ideas are needed to improve the living conditions of people without a home right now. One such idea put forward is a cardboard-constructed pop-up shelter dubbed “Cardborigami,” which is designed to serve as a transitional shelter until a permanent home is found.  Read More

The Modularflex folding emergency shelter

Argentinian designers Matías Alter and Matías Carrizo have developed the Modularflex emergency response shelter in response to what they see as shortcomings with other designs. Generally, alternatives either require on-site assembly, which may require skilled hands; or they come pre-built, making transportation difficult and inefficient. The simple folding design of Modularflex sidesteps both problems.  Read More

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