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It Took Less Than a Month to Assemble this Entirely Modular Apartment Building in NYC

Winning the race to build the tallest prefab building in New York City, Gluck+ assembles 28 affordable housing units in less than a month.
December 26, 2014
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Need a Break? Unwind for an Hour in a Modern, Private Space

Breather is a concept that gives users access to well-designed private spaces in cities when they're in a pinch. Envisioned as spots to unwind or have a meeting, these compact spaces can be unlocked with a smartphone, and users are charged hourly for use. Currently installed in Montreal, San Francisco, New York, and Ottawa, Breather is the brainchild of co-founder and chief creative officer Caterina Rizzi, who oversees the design of the spaces, which feature comfortable, modern furnishings.
December 23, 2014
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IKEA Tackles Refugee Housing With Durable Prefab Shelters

The IKEA Foundation teams up with Refugee Housing Unit to create modular houses for displaced families.
December 22, 2014
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That's a Wrap: 7 Homes Covered in a Single Material

From a CorTen-steel clad vacation home to a cozy, wood-covered living room, these spaces show that a single material makes quite a statement.
December 19, 2014
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Snarkitecture Takes on Holiday Windows with Minimal Snowscape

Taking a much more streamlined approach to holiday window decorations than many of its neighbors, Calvin Klein has adorned its Madison Avenue flagship with a modern landscape by Snarkitecture with Art Production Fund.
December 18, 2014
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Hex and the City: 5 Designs Sporting Hexagonal Patterns

The mighty hexagon appears in Paris, Medellín, Portland, and other cities around the globe.
December 16, 2014
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Plan to Repurpose Orange County Government Center, A Brutalist Masterpiece

Paul Rudolph's Brutalist masterpiece, the Orange County Government Center in Goshen, New York, has faced an uncertain future after closing in 2011 due to storm damage. To protect the structure from demolition, one proposal by Gwathmey Siegel Kaufman suggests converting the concrete gem, built in 1967, into a dynamic arts hub for the Hudson Valley area.
December 11, 2014
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Passivhaus Institut Crosses Million-Square-Meter Threshold

The Passivhaus Institut in Darnstadt, Germany, announced today that a million square meters of interior space—or nearly 10.8 million square feet—have been certified as having met the passive house standard. The threshold was crossed with the certification of a renovated Arts and Crafts-style house in Santa Cruz, California, dating to 1922, the institute reported. Passive houses are “zero-energy” structures that have no active heating or cooling systems and maintain a comfortable interior temperature through a combination of an airtight envelope and a heat-exchange system. “The primary purpose of certification is quality assurance,” says Zeno Bastian, head of building certification for the Passivhaus Institut. “With this internationally recognized seal, building owners are safe in the knowledge that the desired savings for heating costs and added benefits of a passive house will actually be realized.” Click through the slideshow for images of structures that the Passivhaus Institut named as finalists and winners of its 2014 Passive House Awards.
December 9, 2014

Incredible Floating Barge Makes it Possible to Grow Food on Any Body of Water

The modular Jellyfish Barge could be a solar-powered solution to food shortages.
December 3, 2014
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