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Build an Eco-Friendly Abode With This Prefabricated House

Building a cozy—and eco-friendly—abode doesn’t have to be time-consuming or wasteful. That’s the motto behind PopUp House, a concept that was created by French architectural and design firm Multipod Studio.

The company’s sustainable, pre-fabricated house prototypes can be quickly assembled using only a standard electric screwdriver and a little elbow grease. They don’t require heating or cooling systems thanks to their insulation, and the structures are also solar-powered as well as fashioned from 100 percent recyclable materials. The houses boast multiple rooms and their exteriors are customizable.

The PopUp House may be efficient, but it doesn’t come cheap. According to Multipod Studio’s website, materials typically run between 300€ and 360€ (about $327 to $392) per square meter of floor area, and contractors are estimated to bill between 1300€ and 2000€ (about $1416 to $2178) per square meter. And no, you can’t cut costs by building it yourself; PopUp House requires that you hire its trained construction team, who are reportedly equipped with special tools to “guarantee the quality and speed of implementation.”

And those wanting to build one of the structures in the United States will have to wait. So far, several PopUp houses have been constructed in France and pilot projects have been launched throughout Europe. Learn more about the unique architectural concept in the video above, or visit the PopUp House website to check out the full range of designs.

All images courtesy of YouTube.

[h/t Inhabitat]

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This Font Changes Shape As You Type
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Writing with the Futuracha Pro font isn’t just about creating a finished product. Each letter reacts to what you type by lengthening and curling around its neighboring characters, making the act of writing itself an interactive experience.

According to The Huffington Post, Futuracha Pro is the brainchild of graphic designer Odysseas Galinos Paparounis of the Greek branding agency høly. As a design student, he was inspired for the idea of a changing typeface while observing the movements of Caribbean cockroaches for an illustration class. The insects' sweeping antennae and prickly feet inspired him to superimpose these elements onto his favorite font: Futura.

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The name Futuracha, which combines the words Futura and cucaracha ("cockroach" in Spanish), is a nod to the project’s quirky origins. After sharing his concept with fellow graphic designers, Paparounis sought to make a version of the font that’s accessible to everyone on an open source basis. He launched an effort to crowdfund Futuracha Pro on Indiegogo earlier this year and closed the campaign after raising $86,431. You can download the font for your computer from the høly website with prices starting around $29.

[h/t The Huffington Post]

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Watch an Artist Build a Secret Studio Beneath an Overpass
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Artists can be very particular about the spaces where they choose to do their work. Furniture designer Fernando Abellanas’s desk may not boast the quietest or most convenient location on Earth, but it definitely wins points for seclusion. According to Co.Design, the artist covertly constructed his studio beneath a bridge in Valencia, Spain.

To make his vision a reality, Abellanas had to build a metal and plywood apparatus and attach it to the top of an underpass. After climbing inside, he uses a crank to wheel the box to the top of the opposite wall. There, the contents of his studio, including his desk, chair, and wall art, are waiting for him.

The art nook was installed without permission from the city, so Abellanas admits that it’s only a matter of time before the authorities dismantle it or it's raided by someone else. While this space may not be permanent, he plans to build others like it around the city in secret. You can get a look at his construction process in the video below.

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