This whimsical tiny house with its own pizza oven was built for just $15,000

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This new 3D-printed house was built by a portable robot in just 48 hours

There are a lot of 3D printed houses popping up these days, but this is the first time an architect with the renown of Massimiliano Locatelli of CLS Architetti and Arup has tackled one. The 1076 square foot house was built out of a special quick-drying mortar and was constructed in just 48 hours. Locatelli envisions 3D printing as the housing of the future – and his house could be constructed anywhere. “Even the moon.”

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The Cornelia tiny house is a peaceful writer’s studio built with reclaimed wood

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This tiny timber cabin was built from construction waste for under $30K

Transportable, versatile, and low-cost, this tiny timber cabin shows how crafty use of local and recycled materials can lead to impressive results. UK architecture firm Invisible Studio designed and built this mobile prototype using a combination of construction waste and locally grown unseasoned timber for just £20,000 ($28,105 USD). Called Trailer, the multifunctional structure follows in the footsteps of Invisible Studio’s previous projects, such as the Ghost Barn and their own studio space,… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

New 3D-printed house can be built in less than a day for just $4,000

One billion people on Earth lack access to adequate housing — but that statistic could change if construction technology company ICON and nonprofit New Story are successful. The two groups have developed a way to 3D-print 600 to 800 square foot houses for $4,000 in under one day — and they recently unveiled “the first permitted, 3D-printed home in America” as a step towards erecting the homes in developing countries. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Steve Areen’s incredible DIY wagon home built with mostly recycled materials

Steve Areen is one of those people who turns everything into gold. And by gold, I mean magic. I mean soul. We saw it with his lovely dome house in Thailand, and now, what was supposed to be a simple dwelling under the stars in Australia has evolved into an extraordinary modern caravan that he, friends and local artisans built by hand with mostly recycled materials. The flight attendant started with a 5×10 trailer and a curved steel frame, but then the muse stepped in. Called Unity Wagon, the project… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

China built the ‘World’s biggest air purifier’ – and it’s actually working

What has been called the world’s largest air purifier by its operators is now up and running in the city of Xian in Shaanxi province, China. The 100-meter (328 feet) tall tower has already improved the local air quality, according to Cao Junji, the scientist in charge of the project, and could prove to be a valuable tool in China’s fight against urban air pollution. Greenhouses covering the size of half a soccer field surround the base of the tower, into which polluted air is pulled. The smog… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Kansas State students built this charming affordable home for low-income families

A group of fifth year architecture students at Kansas State University teamed up with local firms El Dorado and Studio Build to design and build an affordable two-unit dwelling for low-income families. The Waldo Duplex, built for $200 per square foot, comprises carefully designed spaces that strategically share and enhance natural light.

The duplex, built on a small budget of $290,000, is located in a historic area of Kansas City, Missouri, dominated by single-family bungalows and shotgun homes…. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Bicycle highway in the Netherlands built using recycled toilet paper

 

Did you know? Every year, residents in the Netherlands use an estimated 180,000 tons of toilet paper. Because this amounts to a lot of trees, the Dutch province of Friesland repurposed the product to make a bicycle highway last fall. The stretch of roadway is 1 kilometer and connects the Frisian capital of Leeuwarden to the town of Stiens. It is the first bicycle lane in the world to be paved with toilet paper — but few can tell the difference based on appearances.

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Modular Lego Lunch restaurant built from recycled shipping containers pops up in Lithuania

A modular fast food restaurant popped up in Siauliai, Lithuania, to provide a healthy communal space that can be easily replicated anywhere. Architecture firm Hermann Kamte & Associates designed the restaurant, named Lego Lunch, as an affordable, reconfigurable space built from recycled shipping containers.

Lego Lunch is a replicable structure that combines affordability and a low carbon footprint. The architects used recycled 20-foot shipping containers and combined them into a space… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building