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Harvard student startup lets you test-drive tiny house living for just $99 a night

1/21<p>Getaway-Tiny-House-Woods<p>Moving into a tiny house is a big commitment. Fortunately for prospective micro-home owners, the Harvard University-based …

Tiny House Movement

The Spring Fiction Reading Guide

We could say that the last dregs of winter make for a nice time to curl up with a book, or that you should be building your spring pile now—but, …

These efficient modern prefabs raise the bar for shipping container homes

Delivered in 10 weeks<p>In our roundup of eco-friendly prefab homes you can buy right now, one of the newest companies featured is Honomobo, based in the Canadian province of Alberta. Launched last spring, the company builds modern homes, offices, studios, multi-family complexes, and more out of …

'It will be called Americanism': the US writers who imagined a fascist future

From Sinclair Lewis and Philip Roth to Donald Trump’s favourite film, Citizen Kane, US culture has long told stories about homegrown authoritarianism. What can we learn from them?<p>“To have enslaved America with this hocus-pocus! To have captured the mind of the world’s greatest nation without …

Political Science

These $25K prefab tiny homes were designed to skirt zoning restrictions

Student designers worked with city planners to create pods that could quickly house L.A.’ homeless population<p>Building in Los Angeles is notoriously hampered by a 20-year-old general plan and safety requirements for protecting structures against earthquakes and fires. Combine those restrictions with …

6 Apps to Secure Your Smartphone Better

For many of us, our smartphones carry our whole world—contacts, messages, payment information, eclectic music collection—so it’s hard to understate …

Information Systems

Landscape Architect Visit: The California Life, Outdoor Living Room Included

When it came time to retire, Steven and Dee Dee Kim knew just what they wanted. They would leave their home in Tiburon, California near San …

Landscaping

10 books to read before they become TV adaptations

Literary adaptations continue to dominate television, with an array of eagerly-anticipated book-inspired shows due to hit our screens in 2017 and …

Books

10 apps everyone should have on their computer

Mobile apps are far more popular than their desktop counterparts, but most people still rely on laptop or desktop computers, either for work or just browsing the web at home.<p>Whether you've invested in Apple's Mac line or a Windows PC, there are absolutely some worthwhile desktop apps out there to …

Apps

5 Apps Will Kickstart Your Spring Cleaning

Getting organized is the hardest part of life. Or maybe it’s staying organized. No matter where you fall on the organizational spectrum, we can all agree that life constantly gets in the way and things that you always mean to do get brushed aside. Cue: technology. This week, we’ve got five brand …

Apps

Looping, Twisting 'Number 11' May Be The Perfect Book For Our Time

So here's something I did not know when I picked up Jonathan Coe's newest novel, <i>Number 11</i>. That phrase, "Number 11," is a kind of shorthand, a phrase that instantly means (to any British person, or people more worldly than me) the home of the chancellor of the exchequer. Something else I didn't …

Books

So You Want to Read Dystopian Fiction: Here’s Where to Start

Consider this book your introduction to dystopiana. Believe it or not, <i>1984</i> is totally hot right now. There have been reports of retailers actually …

Books

The best architecture and design books of 2016

Calling all design-loving bookworms<p>‘Tis the season for curling up by a roaring fire (or a ten-hour video of a burning Yule log on Netflix, which is a thing). What better hearthside accessory than a good book?<p>We’ve rounded up 17 of the year’s best books about architecture and design—from the …

Books

Essential Steps to Making a Killer Portfolio

You have the ability to capture the attention of a creative director in a single glance of your portfolio, so it’s vital to get the details right. …

Graphic Design

Six stylish micro-apartments around the world

Living in some of the world’s largest cities can be expensive. Because of this, residents who want to call these hot spots home are often forced to …

11 Easy Industrial Interior Design Style Ideas

Stripped bare, exposed and gritty. No, we’re not talking about your bedroom antics; we’re talking industrial inspiration for the home.<p>Industrial …

Interior Design

Contemporary or Modern? The Beginner’s Guide to Interior Design Styles

Interior design is a form of art. Creating a space that perfectly reflects our personality, inspirations, and ambitions is not an easy task. …

Interior Design

Eight incredible American road trips you must experience in your lifetime

The mythology of the American highway is as deep and long as the Grand Canyon – which you can, incidentally, drive along. Books, music and films have added glamour, ghosts and grit to what in other countries would be merely a long, even boring, drive.<p>Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, Bob Dylan’s Highway …

RVs

10 Stunning Modernist Homes That Melt Into The Landscape

The only things more incredible than these beautifully designed houses are their epic surroundings.<p>Architectural photographer James Silverman has traveled all over the world to capture the most stunning examples of modern homes. In his new book, <i>Infinite Space</i>, he focuses on beautifully designed …

The affordable mod pod revolution: Design your own space-age, factory-made house for £250,000

The word “prefab” tends to summon up negative images of flimsy little bungalows thrown up overnight to solve the post-war housing shortage. Factory-built homes, rolled off a production line and delivered on the back of a lorry doesn’t quite fit the dream of the archetypal Englishman’s castle. But …

Housing

How Architecture Students Are Building Shelters By Hand With Just $2K

Many architects will never live in their own buildings. Aixopluc wants to change that.<p>For most of history, if you wanted to live in a house, you probably designed and built it yourself. These days, though, design has become so thoroughly uncoupled from construction that most architects never have …

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 detailed

In a special event coinciding with Dreamhack in Austin, TX, Nvidia revealed to the world the name, specs, and design of their upcoming graphics …

5 Eco-Friendly Prefab Homes You Can Order Right Now

Modern green living<p>One of the major benefits of prefab homes is efficiency. This starts with the basic premise of on-site assembly with precise factory-made elements, which is often completed in a matter of days and eliminates lots of potential for waste. And then there are sexier sustainability …

3D sculpting tips: mastering hard surfaces

Sculpting hard surfaces is not only much faster than modelling polygon by polygon, but it also saves an incredible amount of time when you're asked …

V-Ray Render Optimization

An in-depth tutorial on optimizing V-Ray to deliver the<br>highest quality renders with the fastest render times.<p>- August 2014<p>Changelog<p>v1.0 - December 16 …