An Amazingly Energy-Efficient Home Controllable By Smartphone

July 15, 2013
Zero Energy One Modular House

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Designed by the Romania-based Justin Capra Foundation for Invention and Sustainable Technologies the Soleta ZeroEnergy One is a tiny modular home that achieves 45% energy efficiency by incorporating high-tech smartphone-ready features. Read more about it here.

Petra, Jordan’s Ancient Rock-Cut Capital

July 7, 2013

Petra Jordan

This impressive 312-BC, cut-from-the-rock creation remained hidden from the Western world until 1812, when a Swiss explorer introduced the ancient city in stone to the world. Described by prize-winning poet John William Burgon as a “rose-red city half as old as time,” Smithsonian Magazine has rightly included Petra as one of the 28 places you need to see before you die.

The Coziest Tree House You’ll Ever See

July 5, 2013

While typically reserved for those whose idea of fine entertainment includes endless rounds of hide-and-seek, adults can also enjoy the quaint coziness of tree houses. Featured above is not a child’s fort; rather, it’s a bed and breakfast nestled in the forests of Washington State.

What We Love This Week, Volume XV

May 31, 2013
War Toys 1

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Brian McCarty’s “War Toys”

War Toys 3

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While war may destroy nations, political ideologies and even historic monuments, perhaps the most tragic casualty is the imagination and innocence stolen from a child caught in its throes. In light of this, world renown photographer Brian McCarty has taken to several Middle Eastern cities devastated by war and talked to some of the very children stricken by it. In their conversations, McCarty asks the children to express their memories through pencil and paper, which eventually serves as the framework for McCarty’s subsequent photos.

In them, war toys take on a much more sinister and macabre appearance, thus begging the question of why we try to plasticize, market and misrepresent war and its accompanying violence to children. If you want more, Hi Fructose has a great gallery of other images in McCarty’s series for your viewing pleasure.

War Toys 2

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Living in the Future: The Revolutionary Yo Home

May 25, 2013
Yo Home Bedroom 1

Source: YO! Company

In a world where we want it fast and we want it now, companies must continuously try to keep up with consumer demand, and the Yo! giants are no exception to that rule. Chances are at some point you’ve stumbled across Yo! Sushi or heard about the new Yotels springing up around the globe. In their latest venture, they’ve developed a futuristic flat fit for the modern age.

Yo Home Bedroom 2

Source: YO! Company

Founded by Simon Woodroffe, the new Yo! Home premiered at the 100% Design Show this year and is said to be the most space-efficient home ever created. The bedroom may be elegantly elevated into the ceiling to reveal a swanky, sunken lounge area. And for those late night flat parties, a trapdoor transports thirsty guests to a wine cellar.

Yo Home Lounge 1

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The Anatomy Of The World’s Densest City

May 18, 2013

Anatomy Of Densest City Kowloon Walled City

A quick study of this cramped historical accident can make even your hole-in-the-wall apartment seem grand.