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Housing shortage:could this flat-pack £50k ‘modulhus’ be the future of new homes for first-time buyers?

 

Pre-built, customisable homes are being touted as a way to help get first-time buyers onto the property ladder.

A far cry from the low-quality post-Second World War prefab houses, new technology means that factory-built houses can be at the cutting-edge of architecture – functional, sustainable and generally more affordable than traditional brick.

The Modulhus is one such […]

Challenges and opportunities in the next decade

What part will Brexit, housing policy and industry innovation play in meeting the nation’s housing challenges?

The 10th RESI conference is focussed on the challenges in housing the next generation. It will mark my fourth appearance providing the market context for the presentations and debate that follow.

Some would argue that the lack of this kind of […]

The Creative Process of Zaha Hadid, As Revealed Through Her Paintings

Today, on October 31st, we celebrate what would have been the 66th birthday of Zaha Hadid (1950-2016) who tragically died in March. Internationally renowned for her avant-garde search for architectural proposals that reflect modern living, Hadid made abstract topographical studies for many of her projects, intervening with fluid, flexible and expressive works that evoke the dynamism of contemporary […]

OBLON Bathroom furniture set

Oblon is the new line of bathroom accessories and containers by Novello that combines the refined purity of Japanese culture with contemporary taste and living requirements. Essential, rigorous and at the same time harmonious forms, for a project that recalls on the one hand the simplicity of the Bentō, the traditional tray container with a lid […]

Internet of Things: what’s your favourite tech gadget ?

In 1999 Kevin Ashton, then at P&G, coined the term ‘Internet of Things’. It was a new term, but not a new operation. It was known as pervasive computing, ubicomp, and ambient intelligence. The 90s database storage was too expensive. It is the Cloud, operational from 2000s, that enables #IoT.

Buildings, cars, consumer products, and people become information […]

These Remarkable Floating Farms Could Help Feed Hungry People Around The World

I think it’s safe to say we love food here in North America. Obesity is through the roof, with a staggering two thirds of Americans over the age of 20 clinically overweight. That’s the highest rate in the world. (You can even view, in real-time, a counter that tallies the amount of money spent on obesity-related diseases in the […]