Laura Royer

11 Flips | 1 Magazine | 1 Like | 2 Followers | @royerlaura | Architect in Chicago, specializing in Data Center design, with a strong interest the integration of technology in the built environment.

Hooking Up 12 Volt LED Lights To A Simple Solar System

12v LED lamp+ Solar panel+ 12v car battery? I am new to electricity beyond a basic circuit, so I am at a point of being unsure about my c...

Cramped Or Not, I Want To Live in These Tiny Japanese Houses

Land can come at a premium in Japan, especially in big cities. For urban dwellers, sometimes the only option is to build small. Real small.<p>In …

Builder of tiny homes predicts pint-sized housing trend

<b>WATERVILLE —</b> When home builder Andy Vear shows off his latest project, which he clearly thinks is the coolest home on Cool Street, it doesn’t take …

Articles about best small spaces on Dwell.com - Dwell

To find out the answer, we surveyed our panel of Dwell Pros.<p>Dwell's June 2009 issue just landed on our desks and it looks great! We're excited for it to hit your mailboxes and newsstands in...<p>Small but mighty, these compact dwellings prove that limited square footage doesn't preclude great …

Living in: Cities of the future

Showcasing the cutting edge of urban planning, these five metropolises may help determine the way we will live, now and in decades beyond.<p>Although they may all look very different, the cities of the future share a new way of doing things, from sustainable buildings to walkable streets to …

Stories That Matter, Actions That Count

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Gary Pickering, Formerly Homeless Man, Builds Portable Shelters For People Living On The Street In Utah (PHOTOS)

A Utah man is giving the homeless a new temporary alternative to living on the streets.<p>Gary Pickering has developed several portable 'micro-houses' to help Utah's homeless survive harsh conditions such as winter weather. He plans to donate some of these low-cost "survival pods" to a Utah County …

Quantum Computing Could Lead To A Gigantic Leap Forward

But once you understand it, and its vast processing power, you'll understand that this new Digital Age we're living in has barely scratched the surface of the computer potential.<p>Simply put, today's computers rely on electrons — electricity — flying around on circuits to deliver information in …

Making Sense Of The Internet Of Things

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Matt Turck is a managing director of FirstMark Capital. Follow him on Twitter @mattturck.</i><p>The emerging Internet of Things — essentially, the world of physical devices connected to the network/Internet, from your Fitbit or Nest to industrial machines — is experiencing a burst of …

Kanga Prefab Is A Tiny Home That'll Change Minds About Small Space Living (VIDEO)

Some people view small space living as an inconvenience, a burden or the punishment for living in a city while not being a billionaire. Others, however, think of it as an opportunity for good design. This Kanga prefab home, in the video above, falls into the latter camp. Its sleek lines, nod to …

Cisco forms Internet of Things group

Cisco has formed a business group to specifically address the Internet of Things opportunity -- sensors, industrial electronics, etc. -- which the …

Internet of Things