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Compact Living

Home owners sacrifice square footage for convenience

Implications - Many new home owners are compromising larger living spaces in the suburbs for more practical solutions that are efficient, cozy and economical. Many affected by the recession are either downsizing or moving into abodes further from urban cores, yet commuting is losing its appeal due both to time and eco issues.
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Portable Apartments
Portable Apartments
The buBbLe Prototype Gives Nomads a Temporary Place to Stay
In theory the buBbLe Prototype is an innovative, although annoyingly capitalized, creation which could house thousands of displaced people. The design came from the office of MMAS and architect/artist… MORE
Portable Temporary Houses
Portable Temporary Houses
Heirloom Quality Custom Buildings Delivered on Wheels
For $15,000 to $50,000 buyers can get a little custom house delivered to their property via trailer from a California company called, ‘Little House on the Trailer.’ The small prefab structures can be used… MORE
Real Life Hobbit Havens
Real Life Hobbit Havens
The Habitable Polyhedron is a Family Retreat Playhouse
A haven created with new parents in mind, the Habitable Polyhedron is a geometric ball of calm. Despite intentions, however, it looks more like a Hobbit home than anything else and can probably better… MORE
Hip Pod Houses
Hip Pod Houses
'Module-Home' Architecture Has Solar Panels and Water Saving Systems
We all know about container homes, luxury modular homes and bizarre pod homes - all of which are not environmentally friendly. Finally, we now have modern-looking, eco-friendly homes that don’t cost the… MORE
Highlife Container Housing
Highlife Container Housing
The Luxury Shipping Container Home is an Eco-Chic Small Space
Luxury and pre-fab homes do not usually go together, but in Buenos Aries they sure do! Built for the Casa FOA home design show, the luxury shipping container home makes being eco-friendly glamorous. The… MORE
Small-Space Architecture
Small-Space Architecture
The Angular and Super-Compact '63.02 House' in Japan
The '63.02 House' is another small home design in Japan. The descriptive name of the project, which describes the angle of the dwelling in relation to the street, is located in Nakana, Tokyo. The angular… MORE
play_circle_filled Trucked in Houses
Trucked in Houses
Prefab Architecture Makes a Recession Comeback
A sea of change may be forced on the housing industry as a result of the recession. Prefab (prefabricated) homes are making a big comeback as primary residences, whereas a few years ago, prefabs were primarily… MORE
Modernist Faux Victorian Architecture
Modernist Faux Victorian Architecture
The Perforated House by Kavellaris Urban Design
One glance at the Perforated House by Kavellaris Urban Design simply won’t do; the architecture of the home is so unique that it begs the eyes to look back again, at least a second time, to drink in the… MORE
Eco-Friendly Prefab Offices
Eco-Friendly Prefab Offices
The OfficePOD is a Sustainable Workplace That Can Be Placed Anywhere
The Internet, the economy and the environment have combined to create an unusual climate that has enabled more employees than ever to telecommute or otherwise work remotely; the OfficePOD is a prefabricated… MORE
play_circle_filled Growing Houses
Growing Houses
Dynamic, Cost-Effective 're-Growth' Pods Help Rebuild Communities
In an effort to help reestablish the fire-devastated regions of Australia, architects have designed a cost-effective, pre-fabricated home that is both permanent and built to expand upon. These homes allow… MORE
play_circle_filled Recession-Friendly Rooming
Recession-Friendly Rooming
The Unit3 Housing Concept Changes Based on Needs
In a time of stir-crazy citizens and economic uncertainty, Matthias Kaeding has come up with the Unit3 housing concept. The Unit3 is a simple cube-inspired living space that carries all the essentials… MORE
21-Room Condos
21-Room Condos
Gary Chang Makes a Big Statement in a Small Space
How do you take 350 square feet and make it feel like a home? Well if you’re Gary Chang, you turn a one-room apartment into a 21-section apartment. Gary Chang created 22 distinct areas in his small… MORE

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