This is the Urban Rigger, a shipping container housing unit for students that is versatile, energy-efficient, and mobile. Designed by a world-renowned architect, Bjarke Ingels, the Urban Rigger has a shared green courtyard, kayak dock, bathing platform, and BBQ area, as well as a communal roof terrace.
This is bamboo prefabricated housing constructed of bamboo mat board that is designed on a modular basis and requires minimal labor skills. Developed by Bamboo House India, its goal is to transform rural and tribal communities with bamboo-centered sustainable livelihood opportunities. Currently, more than a million people live in bamboo homes.
This is Gablok, an innovative yet easy construction method using insulated wooden stacking blocks. It allows you to build a house all by yourself and in less than a week. This impressive formwork block is the brainchild of Gabriel Lakatos who was enamored with interlocking and construction games as a child.
Conceptos Plásticos, a Colombian company with an environmental, social, and economic impact with an emphasis on the circular economy, has come up with a plan to tackle homelessness and pollution. It uses recycled plastic materials to make Lego-style, stackable bricks to build houses for impoverished communities in urban and rural areas.
This is the DuPont Plantex GroundGrid, an innovative, three-dimensional geotextile-based structure used to securely and neatly pack in stone, gravel, or soil in order to provide a stable surface for both pedestrian and trafficked areas. It can be used in private driveways, paths, private car parks, golf courses, and artificial surface sports fields.
In an effort to improve air quality and to make Mexico City’s Beltway, a heavily-used, iconic expressway, more aesthetically pleasing, the private sector in Mexico City has created the Vía Verde (the Green Way). This “eco-friendly” initiative has transformed more than 1,000 concrete columns into over 15 acres of lush vertical gardens.
Saudi Arabia’s Holy Mosque of the Prophet in Medina is a spectacular sight to see with its stunning architecture and ornate design, then couple that with two expansions and massive outdoor courtyards. Yet it needed to accommodate more people – 250,000 to be exact, so they came up with an extraordinary canopy concept called the Madinah Piazza Shading Project.
Australian company FBR has developed a revolutionary bricklaying robot called the Hadrian X that can build a 3-bedroom, 2-bath house in just three days. This autonomous construction robot can be mounted into a classic cab over engine truck to easily transport it between locations.
EverBlock Systems has developed a modular building system of oversized plastic blocks that can be easily constructed into all types of objects, including walls, props or displays. Like Legos for adults, these building blocks are universal and can be stacked and organized into any shape, pattern, or size.
Founder of Flexotels, Hubert von Heijden of the Netherlands has taken glamping to another level of comfort. With over a decade of expertise, his manufacturing and rental company of temporary accommodation, or “portable hotels” has gotten a lot of buzz – and a lot of use from music and sports aficionados.