California officially becomes first in nation mandating solar power for new homes (page 3)

A rapidly aging population, plus a preference for new home, has created a glut of abandoned spaces available for free or next-to-nothing. There are some 8 million abandoned homes–or akiya–in Japanese suburbia, according to The Japan Times. And if you’ve got a visa allowing you to live in Japan, some of them can be yours for free or very low prices, and the government may give you a subsidy to renovate one. There are even databases devoted to helping people find these homes, known as “akiya banks .”Read Full Story

Permeable architecture can open up our sealed lives

Building “envelopes” seal off our living and working space. It’s time for a more living architecture. Traditional buildings are designed to provide protection against a ...

Fri 7 Dec 18 from Fastcompany Tech

Why Japan is giving away free houses (and how to get one)

A rapidly aging population, plus a preference for new home, has created a glut of abandoned spaces available for free or next-to-nothing. There are some 8 million abandoned homes–or ...

Thu 6 Dec 18 from Fastcompany Tech

Striking home in Greece uses bioclimatic features to be energy-efficient year-round

Tucked into a sloping hillside looking out over the Aegean Sea, the TRIF House designed by Sergey Fedotov boasts a gorgeous, contemporary design with massive floor-to-ceiling windows to take ...

Tue 4 Dec 18 from Inhabitat

AT&T accurately predicted the future in 1993. What can we expect now, 25 years later?

The company is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its “You Will” campaign and by thinking once again about what the future might hold. Back in 1993, Tom Selleck predicted our ...

Mon 3 Dec 18 from Fastcompany Tech

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