MINIs tiny innovative home for three purifies the air in Milan

April 5, 2017 by  
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How do we cope with the increasing shortage of attractive housing in today’s cities? Car manufacturer MINI teamed up with New York architects SO – IL to tackle this challenge by producing an innovative solution: MINI LIVING — Breathe. Unveiled at the Milan Salone del Mobile 2017, the tiny housing prototype reinvents urban living and offers owners a refreshing garden-like environment and the freedom to move and adapt their home. Located on a previously unused 50-square-meter urban plot, the MINI LIVING — Breathe installation comprises six compact living spaces and a roof garden for three people inside a five-meter-wide microhome. Built with a modular metal frame, the home can be easily disassembled, moved, and reassembled or expanded upon in a new location. A flexible and light-permeable outer skin wraps around the metal skeleton instead of opaque walls. The light-filled housing prototype follows MINI’s principles “Creative use of space” and “Minimal footprint.” MINI Living — Breathe’s forward-thinking design is centered on the idea of a house as an active ecosystem. The translucent outer skin, which can be replaced with different fabrics depending on the urban climate, features a special coating that filters and neutralizes the air. The ten-meter-tall home acts as a giant air filter and helps improve the surrounding microclimate with its lush rooftop garden with plants that help clean toxins from the air. “The approach we took with MINI LIVING – Breathe extends far beyond purely a living concept,” says Oke Hauser, Creative Lead of MINI LIVING. “We view the installation as an active ecosystem, which makes a positive contribution to the lives and experiences of the people who live there and to the urban microclimate , depicted here by the intelligent use of resources essential to life – i.e. air, water and light.” The kitchen, located on the ground floor, serves as the main entry area and social gathering point of the home. Living spaces are located in the above three levels, while the sleeping areas, a potential wet area, and a roof garden are placed in the uppermost floors. Textile walls divide the living areas and allow for privacy while still permitting light to seep through. A water catchment system on the roof harvests rainwater for reuse in the tap. Related: A rolling garden on wheels recently popped up in the middle of Milan SO – IL writes: “By making living an active experience, the installation shines a spotlight on environmental awareness and encourages visitors to confront our tendency to take resources for granted. Instead of a traditional organization with rooms dedicated to specific functions, this house is composed as a loose stack of porous realms. A variety of atmospheres and spatial experiences are generated through the manipulation of light, air and water.” MINI Living — Breathe is open to visitors of the Salone del Mobile on Via Tortona 32 in Milan, Italy from April 4 to April 9, 2017. + SO – IL Architects Images © Laurian Ghinitoiu

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Thriving student village allows fauna and flora to flourish

July 13, 2016 by  
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The built environment ensures that fauna and flora can flourish uninhibited by human presence, embracing the traditional modes of communal living and shared resources. But instead of only benefitting rural communities, this project translates traditional modes of living for modern urbanites, allowing families to live in an affordable community with lush outdoor space and a good school for their children. RELATED: Israel’s greenest building produces more energy than it consumes Comprised of 215 housing units connected by seven walking paths, the village is located near the main entrance of Technion University and includes a community center, preschool classrooms and a multipurpose hall that serves as a social hub. Graduate students’ families and small children can safely walk to these facilities without the danger of crossing the street. The ecologically-built facades were oriented on a north–south facing slope, providing optimal climate conditions and verdant views. The buildings were constructed with inexpensive and natural materials including stone, concrete, wood and plaster. As for the surrounding topography, it was left to grow as wild as can be – just the way it should be. + Schwartz Besnosoff Architects + Bar Orian Architects All images by Laura Mordas-Schenkein for Inhabitat

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ESA-funded SABRE aircraft to travel 5x faster than the speed of sound

July 13, 2016 by  
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Flights on Earth and beyond are about to get really fast. UK company Reaction Engines just signed a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) to develop their revolutionary SABRE engine, which uses cutting-edge technology to speed up travel. The 10 million Euro ($11 million) deal could not only help change the way astronauts reach space , but could also transform the way we get from place to place on our own planet. SABRE, which stands for Synergistic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine, utilizes ” atmospheric air ” to propel it at first before switching to “rocket mode” to reach space. According to the ESA, “The end result of this made-in-Europe technology would be low-cost, reliable, and reusable engines, potentially enabling future vehicles that could perform the equivalent job of today’s rockets while operating like an aircraft – revolutionizing access to space.” Related: Air-Breathing SABRE Rocket Could Allow Aircrafts to Cruise at Five Times the Speed of Sound SABRE would also allow aircrafts on Earth to jet around at five times the speed of sound . According to Reaction Engines, that means a trip from Brussels to Sydney with 300 passengers would take only 4.6 hours instead of 21. The new ESA funding will allow Reaction Engines to continue developing a ” ground demonstrator ” SABRE engine, which they hope to have ready by the close of this decade. Reaction Engines CEO Mark Thomas said in a press release, “We’ve had valuable support from ESA and UKSA to date, and today’s agreement is a further vote of confidence not only in the revolutionary potential of this technology , but our ability to deliver it. We are now entering an exciting phase where we can accelerate the pace of development to get SABRE up and running.” In total, Reaction Engines received 60 million pounds of grant funding from the British government (that’s close to $80 million). Money came from ESA and the UK Space Agency . UK Space Agency Acting CEO Katherine Courtney said, “We want the UK to be the best place in Europe to innovate and the SABRE engine program has the potential to change air and space travel forever.” + Reaction Engines Images via Reaction Engines

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Industrial Chic Mishima House is a Sterling Example of Low Budget Urban Housing in Japan

December 18, 2012 by  
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R6 is a Daylit Boutique Residence for Transient Urbanites in South Korea

May 24, 2012 by  
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Polikatoikea Combines Small Space Living With Urban Design and an Ikea Philosophy

January 30, 2012 by  
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Why Is Urban Housing So Expensive? Because People Want To Live There.

March 7, 2011 by  
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Russian prefabricated housing Image Credit: Soviet Photography There are many in the States who think urbanism is a socialist plot and deny that people are moving back to the cities .

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