Massimo Moretti has a background in 3D printing, and he’s brought building housing on the cheap from locally and 3D printing together by building a 12 meter tall delta-bot that can print a house from clay.
This 3D printer has been developed to build cheap, sustainable houses using a clay-like paste.
WASP, an Italian 3D printer company, demonstrated a giant, three-armed printer they created at Maker Faire Rome. WASP’s 3D printer is unique as it can be assembled on site within two hours, and then filled with mud and fiber to build extremely cheap houses in some of the most remote places on Earth. (Video)
Recycled shipping containers are blending environmentalism with style.
Corrugated shipping containers have come a long way from transport, storage, and handling of various goods. They have attracted the eye and attention of architects and city planners alike. (Pics)
Mankind has forever dreamed of what the future might hold. Many dreanm of what advances in architecture would be and would the advances make houses look all curvy, like on the animated TV show “The Jetsons”? (Pics)
Boeing 727 House
Not everyone opts for the conventional when building structures. People have used unusual materials such as bottles, tires, and even trash to contruct their houses. There are even vehicles that were formerly used as means of conveyance (e.g. buses, trains, trucks) that are now fashioned into unique dwellings. Once they are stripped of seats and equpment they present ready-made, enclosed spaces (with windows) that are easily converted into rooms.
Recycled airplanes are being converted into homes, hotels, restaurants, etc. Here is a collection of cool converted airplanes from around the world. (Pics)
When cookie-cutter planned communities are the standard, it takes balls to step outside the box with some seriously daring design. A crazy concept can become the trademark of the neighborhood or the bane of the block. Here are 10 monuments to end the monotony, built and owned by those not afraid to buck the trends.
Tumbleweed Tiny Houses
Tumbleweed Tiny Houses are designed to incorporate style and design aesthetic, and can include all of those modern features that make a home liveable full-time, including plumbing, electricity and appliances. When working with this teeny tiny house builder you can choose from existing plans or have a custom plan created. Most of their homes are between 90 and 400 square feet, and stand alone! (Video)
We’ve seen Dynamic Towers, the planned condo skyscraper in Dubai where every floor rotates independently. But according to The Economist, this Jetsons-esque way of living could become the next big thing in luxury housing.
Car House (Salzburg, Austria)
The compact Volkswagen Beetle has always been a fuel-efficient car, but what about applying that conservationist model to a house? German architect Mark Voglreiter took up the challenge and nailed it with the “Auto Residence.” Its thermal insulation makes it very energy-efficient. The house was rented in 2004 for a pricey $2,500 euros a month-and we thought people living in their cars were trying to save money!
Those of you who aren’t millionaires yet, perhaps working harder is not the answer
The number of people around the globe with at least $1 million in assets grew 6% last year to 10.1 million, according to the 12th annual World Wealth Report released Tuesday by Merrill Lynch and Capgemini Group, a consulting firm.
That means an additional 600,000 people became millionaires or richer even as problems tied to the U.S. credit crisis spread in the second half of the year.