Shrinking Houses: A new age of Space-Efficient Living [Infographic]

With an increasing demand for housing in the UK and strict planning restrictions, developers are attempting to fit as much real estate as possible within smaller and smaller areas.

This means that most new builds are half the size of the homes being constructed at the start of the 20th century.

Despite this eye-opening reality, there are plenty of people who are happy to sacrifice space for location – especially moving closer to the capital.

FLEXiSPACE has looked at this trend, determined the main pros and cons of smaller house living and even looked around the world for extreme examples of homes which push the limits of square footage.

Read on to find out whether you’re cut out to thrive in this new era of space-efficient living.

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Greatest Residential Conversions [Infographic]

With space for new houses becoming more and more sparse, builders and architects are turning to old, unused buildings and converting them into modern, new homes.

This is great for two main reasons:

  1. Older buildings have so much more character then new builds, so renovating them, or in this case converting them, into new living spaces, preserves these great looking buildings for generations to come.
  2. It’s much better to re-use derelict buildings then to simply build on open, natural land, which adds to the global warming situation.

Here, Rubber Bond has some of the greatest conversions from all over the world…
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Energy Efficient and Sustainable Buildings [Infographic]

Increased demand is a certainty and we can no longer deny the elephant in the room. We need to address the issue of creating buildings that support the demand without setting us further back in other areas. Energy efficiency saves money and creates jobs and will be essential to both homes and businesses in the future.

The examples in this infographic show just how effective energy efficient and sustainable buildings can be, as well as how creative.

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Smarter and Greener: The Future of Building [Infographic]

The future of construction could involve swarms of robots and 3D printed houses. Microalgae could help buildings generate energy and provide shade. Futuristic insulating materials could lower energy needs for buildings.

This is an exciting time to be in construction. The challenges of a growing world population and increased economic development across the world are putting an increased strain on our resources and the environment. This challenge is being met across the globe by engineers who are developing new methods of construction and perfecting materials to improve lives and help the environment.

Some of these breakthroughs are still very much in the research and development phase, while others are already starting to be used in ground-breaking projects.

Robot swarm construction methods are being developed at Harvard and could have huge implications on construction in the future. The idea for robot swarm construction actually comes from how termites are able to build their elaborate termite mounds. The beauty of swarm construction is that, rather than having different robots with specific instructions, each member of the robot swarm can combine to finish a project. In theory, this means that, should a few robots breakdown, the project should be able to be completed with minimal disruption.

The 3D printing is a little further along the line, and has even been tested in China, where the company ‘WinSun’ have built houses using this method, and by DUS architects in the Netherlands. As with robot swarm construction this method could be used, in the far future, to build on the moon and possibly even planets.

It is not just building methods that are being developed; considerable research has gone into utilising new materials. These include Microalgae, (which provides shade while producing renewable energy), Aerogel Insulation (which is as light as air and has super-insulating properties) and the ultra-strong transparent aluminium.

In the infographic below we learn more about these materials and methods and also look at some buildings that are showing the way. These include the world famous Edge Building in Amsterdam and the Crystal in London.

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Green Documentaries: The Human Scale

https://vimeo.com/67638874

Duration: 77 mins • Genre: Documentary • Format: HD • Language: English or Danish • Country: Denmark • Release: November 2012

The human scale questions our assumptions about modernity, exploring what happens when we put people into the center of our equations.

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