Eco-Friendly Floating House 'The WaterNest' Making Waves

The WaterNest is not a boat. It’s an eco-friendly nest of a home with a sleek, contemporary design that floats atop the water allowing for beautiful waterfront views and providing you with the best of both worlds.

Cargo Container Homes Are On The Rise

The latest trend in pre-fab homes appears to be cargo containers. You'll be amazed at the clever designs and contemporary looks.

Smog-Sucking Vacuum Eases Pollution, Creates Jewellery

A new public structure just opened in the forward-thinking European city of Rotterdam is being described as a vacuum cleaner for the air. The remarkable air purifier is 23 feet tall and can clean 30,000 cubic meters of air per hour while utilizing just 1,400 Watts of electricity – about the same as a water boiler. The installation is just the first step in its designer’s proposed worldwide Smog Free Movement and has already attracted over $90,000 in crowdfunded investment thanks to an innovative product: smog jewellery.

Quantum Dots Will Turn Your Windows Into A Power Supply

Imagine installing an air conditioner that won’t send your summertime power bills skyrocketing. That’s the promise of new quantum dot infused windows. These tiny specks of semiconductor will enable windows to capture solar energy and generate clean power while remaining perfectly transparent. Scientists call them a “game-changer” in the future of sustainable cities.

Could Plastic Roads Be A Sustainable Alternative?

While we generally associate plastics with the untenable generation of material waste, this need not necessarily be the case. Dutch consortium VolkerWessels hopes to demonstrate that building plastic roads may in fact be a more environmentally friendly option for our transportation infrastructure.

Tokyo Hotel Offers Rooms With A View... Of Godzilla!

Visitors to the Hotel Gracery in downtown Tokyo's Shinjuku could find their picture window view blocked by a 40-ft tall statue of Godzilla's head. Not that anyone's complaining, mind you.

Live In The Future Nightly At Tokyo's Nakagin Capsule Tower

The historic Nakagin Capsule Tower opened in 1972... imagine how futuristic it looked then! Care to spend a night or two in retro-futuristic Tokyo? Now you can, thanks to one enterprising apartment owner who's renting out his cube via Airbnb.

The Huba Mountain Shelter Leaves No Carbon Footprint

Based on traditional Alpine architecture--a sort-of modern twist on the chalet--the Huba Mountain Shelter was designed, by Malgorzata Blachnicka and Michal Holcer, to be completely self sufficient. It is a compact structure that minimizes its impact on the surrounding environment.

Want A Cute And Cozy Wedding Chapel? Rent An Inflatable One

The range of inflatable things you can buy or rent is getting pretty amazing and going way beyond bouncy houses for kids' parties. You can rent a large tent for parties -- which is a little boring. You can also rent a pub for an awesome party. For couples planning a wedding both of those things may come in handy for a reception. For an awesome place to hold a small romantic wedding they can actually rent an inflatable church.

Rainbow Highway Tunnel Is A Sight For Drivers' Sore Eyes

A soon-to-be-opened highway underpass in central China is a road course of a different color – 12 different shades to be exact. The 1,300-ft long “rainbow tunnel” looks good to be sure but its real purpose is to help drivers' eyes adjust from natural to artificial lighting and back again

Roominate Is A DIY Building Kit For Future Female Engineers

What comes first, the toys we put into our children’s hands or the interests and skills of our children who play with toys? Our children are influenced by everything around them. Music, television, books and toys shape at least part of who they become. Inspired by their childhood toys to become engineers, two women created Roominate, wired, design-it-yourself, building kits. Roominate is not only meant to feed into the curiosity of a young female engineer, but also to decrease the gender gap in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.

The Beauty Of Play Art

Artists do what they love because, well, they love what they do. And kids love to play because, well, it’s fun. When creativity, love, and play are combined, you get play art, a fun and beautiful way to introduce children to fine art. From crochet playgrounds to Playable Art, children everywhere can enjoy the beauty of play art.

Want To House The Homeless Behind Billboards?

The problem of people being homeless is ubiquitous around the world. A small design firm in Slovakia has come up with an idea to house these people in a small, but humane and dignified way. Design Develop, the design firm, has created what they are calling "Project Gregory." The idea behind the project is to use adjacent billboards to create simple, small homes for the homeless.

Want A New Way For Refugees To Live With Dignity?

There are a number of reasons that people can become refugees -- from geo-political conflicts to the effects of climate change. It is a devastating thing for people to lose everything in the path of these forces and then be faced with trying to rebuild a life from nothing. Designer Abeer Seikaly has come up with a different kind of shelter for refugees that gives them a small home of their own that is more functional than your average tent.

Zendome: Unique Structure For Your Yard Or Weekend Getaway Spot

Able to enclose spaces ranging from 20 to 1,000 square meters, the Zendome geodesic domes were designed for commercial use--information stands, pop-up stores, etc--however, their unique design can be utilized to accent your home's yard space or provide a shelter with a great view at your favorite getaway.