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Oct

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Century-old monastery doubles as a meteorological station
Not all beautiful things are what you would expect them to be — grand theaters have been turned into bookstores and many a castle has become a museum. But one of the most intriguing examples is Beit Jamal, a Salesian monastery that is also a concert hall and, at around 1,000 feet above sea level amidst the Judean Hills, a meteorological station.

29

Sep

The planet is warming, which is causing glaciers and ice sheets to melt and Earth’s sea levels to rise. As the ocean makes inroads over the next century, people living in low-lying areas will be displaced, leaving them in need of new homes. Don’t let memories of “Waterworld” deter you from checking out these innovative marine dwellings.
10 innovative ideas that let us live on water

21

Sep

10 dream homes for hermits

12

Sep

Stunning views and rattled nerves abound at cliff-clinging Aussie abode
The modern prefab specialists at Modscape went for the obvious when naming this conceptual home. But hey, it fits.

07

Sep

Bid adieu to summer with this handsome handcrafted yurtMade from wood and canvas, Jero is a spiffy and super-lightweight take on traditional portable dwellings found throughout Central Asia.

Bid adieu to summer with this handsome handcrafted yurt
Made from wood and canvas, Jero is a spiffy and super-lightweight take on traditional portable dwellings found throughout Central Asia.

02

Sep

Sleek, slanted-roof cabin wants to woo new generation of California campersDebuting at the California State Fair, The Wedge is a student-design state park shanty that blends rustic simplicity with a more modern, Millennial-friendly aesthetic.

Sleek, slanted-roof cabin wants to woo new generation of California campers
Debuting at the California State Fair, The Wedge is a student-design state park shanty that blends rustic simplicity with a more modern, Millennial-friendly aesthetic.

31

Aug

29

Jul

ViVood: A pared-down pop-up vacation shack that’s perfect for semi-roughing it
This teeny-tiny wooden cabin from Spain can be built in several hours (provided you can wrangle several friends to help you).

10

Jul

A skyscraper that grows taller and taller as its occupants generate wasteBilled as a ‘self-generating development,’ Organic Skyscraper’s ultimate height is dependent on the recycling activities of its occupants.

A skyscraper that grows taller and taller as its occupants generate waste
Billed as a ‘self-generating development,’ Organic Skyscraper’s ultimate height is dependent on the recycling activities of its occupants.

09

Jul

To ease urban pressure, China looks to floating citiesWorried about sea level rise and population growth? Maybe floating cities are the answer.

To ease urban pressure, China looks to floating cities
Worried about sea level rise and population growth? Maybe floating cities are the answer.