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Architecture

Orchid House concept inspired by Taiwan's greenhouse technologies

In high-density areas like the Taiwanese capital of Taipei, people have long looked to expand vertically to make use of the limited land, resulting in a lack of vegetation, high humidity and high energy usage. According to Unicode, a team of Taiwanese architects and designers, 50 percent of the county's housing constructions are either common multiple-story rowhouses or larger duplex apartment buildings, many of which have illegal makeshift shelters on their rooftops to provide extra living space. Unicode has developed a concept house which would give these shelters a greenhouse-inspired makeover, shifting reliance to renewable energy sources and improving Taipei's sustainability in the process. Read More

Architecture

Plug-in housing could offer Parisians more sustainable and affordable living

Small capsule-like homes where management of utilities, such as electricity and water, is left to the city could form part of a sustainable future for Paris, according to a team of the city's designers and architects. Live-Lib, a concept for a two-part residential building, is designed to provide a degree of privacy while feeding off communal, sustainable resources to drive down costs and energy usage. Read More

Eiffel Tower's first floor to receive sustainable makeover

Landmarks don't come much more iconic than the Eiffel Tower, but if you've ever visited it in person you may have found the first floor mildly underwhelming. Architectural firm Moatti-Rivière aims to change this, and add some sustainable technology to the mix, during a redevelopment of the tower's first floor that's currently underway. Read More

Good Thinking

The Lightie: A small light with big ambitions

South African designer and social entrepreneur Michael Suttner recently unveiled the Lightie: a portable solar-powered light that fits into a standard soda bottle. The low cost and durable device is designed to provide sustainable, safe, and affordable lighting to people in developing nations – and anyone else with a low income. Read More

Architecture

Project plans to make a sustainable house from San Francisco Bay bridge scrap

The eastern span of the historic San Francisco to Oakland Bay bridge is slated for demolition, following its recent replacement by a newer bridge located nearby. However, one local resident hopes to ensure that the old bridge lives on – in some form at least – and plans to reuse some of the resulting scrap metal as building material for a sustainable home in a project suitably dubbed the Bay Bridge House. Read More

Architecture

Is the Y:Cube a solution to London's housing crisis?

Rising house prices and changes to the UK's housing benefits system have resulted in rent becoming too expensive for many London residents, leading to an increasing number of people living on the streets or in shared hostels. YMCA London South West and architectural firm Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners have joined forces to provide a potential solution to the burgeoning housing crisis. Dubbed the Y:Cube, the tiny home is built using mostly renewable materials, and offers residents independence and privacy that exceeds what can be offered in a shared hostel. Read More

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