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Roll it Home

Imagine a home that could transform with the spin of a wheel! The Roll It experimental house designed by students at the University of Karlsruhe in Germany, cleverly incorporates multiple uses inside one small flexible living space. The homeowner can change the structure of the house simply by walking in the center to rotate it. Seen on detail

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Eco Box

South African architects, Wolf and Melanie of Wolf and Wolf Architects are creating unique pre-fab homes that demonstrate compact living that maximises space and minimises environmental impact. Their multifunctional work and living spaces employ some very clever solutions e.g. bunks that transform into a seating area. These allow for working, sleeping and cooking spaces as well as a bathroom to fit within a small footprint (3.6m x 6m in this prototype in Onrus).

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Hemp House

Watch this Top Billing insert that features a green home made entirely from Hemp!

The Hemp House in Noordhoek, is built by Hemporium’s Tony Budden and Duncan Parker. Amidst the all-purpose, entirely eco-friendly material is stylish sleek and modern home that is a healthy, re-cyclable alternative to modern building.

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Cape Town 2014 on film: What does design need to solve for you?

At the 2012 Design Indaba Expo, visitors to the World Design Capital 2014  stand were offered a pencil and post-it note, and invited to answer this question: “What does design need to solve for you?”

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The Venus Project

The Venus Project advocates an alternative vision for a sustainable new world civilization unlike any socio-economic system that has gone before. It calls for a straightforward redesign of a culture, in which the age-old inadequacies of war, poverty, hunger, debt, and unnecessary human suffering are viewed not only as avoidable, but totally unacceptable.

www.thevenusproject.com

 

Your Street Challenge

The Your Street Challenge invites creative proposals for how an aspect of Cape Town street life can be enhanced through the power of design.

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Alex Steffen: The shareable future of cities

How can cities help save the future? Alex Steffen shows some cool neighborhood-based green projects that expand our access to things we want and need — while reducing the time we spend in cars.

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Robert Hammond: Building a park in the sky

New York was planning to tear down the High Line, an abandoned elevated railroad in Manhattan, when Robert Hammond and a few friends suggested: Why not make it a park? He shares how it happened in this tale of local cultural activism.

www.thehighline.org

Rachel Armstrong: Architecture that repairs itself?

Venice, Italy is sinking. To save it, Rachel Armstrong says we need to  outgrow architecture made of inert materials and, well, make  architecture that grows itself. She proposes a not-quite-alive material  that does its own repairs and sequesters carbon, too.

William McDonough: The wisdom of designing Cradle to Cradle

Green-minded architect and designer William McDonough asks what our buildings and products would look like if designers took into account “all children, all species, for all time.”