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With the kitar, a player will be able to swap out a neck or body on the fly

Noah Watenmaker and Thao Pham from We Anything Build (WAB) are putting the finishing touches to a new stringed instrument that will allow a player to change neck or body configurations whenever the mood, or the song, dictates. Where the bizarre-looking Ministar from Bob Wiley dispensed with the body altogether, the kitar's through-neck will slot into a body section housing effects and controls. This gives the player the potential to change from lead to bass on the fly, or from one shape to another, or select different tones and onboard effects.  Read More

Build is a modular furniture system that comprises odd-shaped blocks that can be combined ...

Buying furniture usually means you're stuck with it for many years, until it either needs replacing or you can justify the cost of updating it with something newer. One simple way of changing things up is to buy modular furniture that can configured in a number of different ways. If chosen well this kind of purchase can last not only the ravages of time but also adapt to an individual's changing tastes and style. Which is where Build, a modular honeycomb-like furniture system, comes in.  Read More

Micro-house, by Chinese firm Liu Lubin, is big enough to facilitate the basic needs that a...

Applying a Tetris-like approach to house design, Chinese architectural firm Studio Liu Lubin has created a Micro-house featuring compact, multiple interior zones that can stacked together or used as a stand alone dwelling.  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

An electrically-activated adhesive tape incorporating metal strips has been developed for ...

Prefabricated houses are made up of separate pre-assembled modules that are joined to one another on-site – those modules, in turn, are made up of various wooden components that are typically nailed (or sometimes stapled) together in a factory. The wood used in the frames of the modules must be reasonably thick, in order not to split when the nails are driven in. This places some limitations on design possibilities. Now, however, German scientists have developed an alternative to those nails: electrically-activated adhesive tape.  Read More

The Clip-Air combines air and rail transport elements

Air travel today is a nightmare of long drives to crowded airports, long queues that move at a snail's pace, and long, boring waits in identical lobbies drinking overpriced coffee. It would be so much easier and less frustrating if catching a plane were like catching a train. If Switzerland’s École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) has its way, its Clip-Air project will one day produce modular aircraft that will allow you to board a plane at a London railway station and disembark in the middle of Rome without ever setting foot in an air terminal.  Read More

Artist's concept of a Pop-Up Hotel reception lobby

Empty office space is a sheet anchor on a city’s economy and Midtown Manhattan has been dragged down particularly hard, so the Copenhagen-based group Pink Cloud has come up with a new way to make vacant New York office buildings pay by turning them into temporary hotels. Winner of Hospitality Magazine’s 2013 Radical Innovations in Hospitality competition, the Midtown Pop-Up Hotel isn't a place, but a system that uses flat-pack modules to quickly convert vacant office space into hospitality centers.  Read More

The Tower House by New York based architectural studio GLUCK+ is a unique weekend property...

The treehouse-inspired Tower House by New York based architectural studio GLUCK+ is a unique weekend property, which takes the idea of living in the trees to an entirely new level. Located in upstate New York, the single-family home stretches over four levels and takes on the appearance of a small urban skyscraper. The slick structure is almost out of place amidst its natural forest landscape, however its glass facade does offer its occupants a great advantage point from which to enjoy treetop living.  Read More

SEED Collaborative's SEEDclassroom

SEED Collaborative has teamed up with Method Homes for the construction of what it hopes will become the first modular building to pass the Living Building Challenge. The SEEDclassroom is designed to be a portable teaching space available at short notice, and yet one which meets its own energy and water needs.  Read More

The modular Linkbot robot building platform

Though somewhat time consuming and a bit of a brain drain, robot building can also be rewarding and fun. For those just starting out, however, the prospect of simultaneously playing the roles of designer, tinkerer, programmer and troubleshooter in order to breathe life into a pile of wires, motors, plastic and metal might be just a little overwhelming. Linkbots offer a gentler learning curve with a modular platform that starts with a single working unit, and grows into more complex robots by attaching accessories and connecting other units.  Read More

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