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The Pallet House project by I-Beam Design, was initially conceived as a transitional shelter for the refugees returning to Kosovo after the war. These people needed an immediate alternative to the typical tent solution that could potentially transform into a new permanent home over time, even without access to sophisticated tools and materials. It has since become our aim to also develop the project as a more permanent housing solution to serve not only refugees in disaster stricken areas but also as a modular, prefabricated solution to affordable housing everywhere that can improve people's lives, the environment, society and even inspire greater diplomacy among the various cultures of the world. The Pallet House is an inexpensive, efficient and easily realizable solution to the problem of housing people displaced by natural disaster, plagues, famine, political and economic strife or war. The Pallet House is made of wooden shipping pallets. Photos by Peter Miller

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Sheds For Living: Small Practical Prefab Living Space Small houses are the new black right now, and this practical little living space couldn’t be more in vogue. The “Shed,” designed by Manchester-based FKDA Architects, provides all the necessary amenities for living in a compact unit. Designed for those in need of affordable and practical space, the Shed is sustainably built from FSC certified wood, with a healthy interior, efficient use of interior space, and it can run off renewable energy. FKDA has two models of the Shed, aptly named the Big Shed and the Little Shed. 20 Websites To Download Free EBooks (Part III) And we’re back with Part 3! Yes, the world still loves books, no matter what version they are in: printed or electronic. Some of us prefer them in ebook version simply because they are so easy to locate, download and store for future reading and reference. In this list you can download free ebooks that range from Romance to Horror, Sci-fi to Historical Fiction. They are also available in PDF, text, doc and the crowd’s favorite ePub version.

Plytube by Seongyong Lee Royal College of Art graduate Seongyong Lee has developed a process for making wooden tubes from veneer, which he uses to make lightweight furniture. Update: this project is included in Dezeen Book of Ideas, which is on sale now for £12. Called Plytube, the project employs a process similar to that used in making cardboard tubes, with the laminates wrapped around and hardened with glue. Lee developed hollow joints transforming the material into a series of tables and stools. The Royal College of Art Show Two continues until 4 July. Here's some further information from Seongyong Lee: 10 Scientific Studies That Prove Consciousness Can Alter Our Physical Material World Nikola Tesla said it best, “the day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence. To understand the true nature of the universe, one must think it terms of energy, frequency and vibration.” Swami Vivekananda influenced Tesla’s work, an Indian Hindu monk and chief disciple of the 19th century saint Ramakrishna.

Peg by Studio Gorm Oregon designers John Arndt and Wonhee Jeong Studio Gorm are exhibiting their Shaker-inspired Peg furniture system at the Direktorenhaus art space in Berlin. The set comprises wooden tables and benches that can be dissembled and hung on the wall when not in use. The legs screw into each table top or seat and attach to the wall-mounting with magnets. Legs and tops are interchangeable, creating different-sized furniture pieces as needed. The exhibition opened to coincide with DMY Berlin earlier this month and continues until August. See all our stories about DMY Berlin in our special category.

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Permanent Camping by Casey Brown Architecture This small house located in Australia is designed by Casey Brown Architecture. The house is constructed out of recycled ironbark. Water technologies employed within the space also makes it eco-friendly… DIY CNC Router If you have any interest in purchasing a kit version of this machine please click the above button and complete the form so that I can gauge the level of interest. This instructable will show you how to construct a CNC Router that will allow you to cut 3-D shapes out of wood, plastic and aluminum using a standard hand held router. Recently I have noticed that more and more projects on instructables have involved the use of some sort of CNC machine, be it a laser cutter, 3d printer, milling machine, etc.

LIN CHETWOOD: Handmade Furniture and Lighting: UPPER TWYFORD BARN Etched silvered glass with copper housing the high efficiency T5 fluorescent gear, for the architects offfices upstairs. A subtle approach was taken in the courtyard Cow Barn. High efficiency T5 fluorescent tubes were positioned behind timbers giving glare free wall wash lighting. Photographs by Leigh Simpson

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