IN THE FUTURE, WE’LL ALL LIVE ON FLOATING HOUSES

Floating houses are going legit.  The closest thing we’ve had to a floating house is the houseboat, which has usually been considered the province of bohemians and eccentrics like my dad’s friend who airbrushed murals on vans and Camaro hoods (his specialty was Elvis, and wizards who looked suspiciously like Elvis), stayed high 24/7, and didn’t mind living in a bobbing crackerbox that smelled like generator fumes and river scum.  But thanks to European advances in technology, you can now live in a floating townhome with all the amenities and utilities of a land-house, but that costs a fraction of the price. IN THE FUTURE, WE’LL ALL LIVE ON FLOATING HOUSES

“In most houses, the sunroom should be the living room and the living room should be used for, like, box storage, although it has been pointed out to me that if you sit in your sunroom 24/7, you’re going to end up as tanned and leathery as a Texas long-haul trucker by the end of your first Netflix binge.  (On the other hand – vitamin D!)”

“In most houses, the sunroom should be the living room and the living room should be used for, like, box storage, although it has been pointed out to me that if you sit in your sunroom 24/7, you’re going to end up as tanned and leathery as a Texas long-haul trucker by the end of your first Netflix binge.  (On the other hand – vitamin D!)”

CHINA’S FOREST CITY: BATTLING POLLUTION ONE PLANT AT A TIME

It’s no secret: China is an industrial powerhouse. They serve up consumer-oriented goods faster than we can serve up burger and fries State-side. But, those factories and that enviable material making has come at a price: heavy air pollution. Overseas, it’s not uncommon for school to be cancelled due to a day ruined by smog, masks are worn regularly, and there are mornings that look like night as the sun fights to peak through a heavy layer of pollution soot. In other words, conditions are not ideal…they’re concerning. The pollution problem is actually responsible for over a million deaths in China each year, with many urban areas being subject to conditions that rival those in the middle of forest fires. CHINA’S FOREST CITY: BATTLING POLLUTION ONE PLANT AT A TIME

THERE’S AN AIRBNB FOR ARCHITECT NERDS, AND THE LISTINGS ARE INCREDIBLE

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If you look through the listings on Airbnb and think, “these are nice, but they aren’t quite enough black turtleneck-ish,” then I have the site for you.  It’s called Plans Matter, and it’s an Airbnb-type short-term rental site, only all the homes for rent have been vetted by real life fancy architects.  That means you could stay in a genuine Frank Lloyd Wright house for a couple hundred bucks a night, take a ton of photos of yourself lounging around the priceless home, and then use them forever in all your online dating profiles.  (When your confused date sees your basement apartment for the first time, you can be like, “oh, this is just a place I rent to keep me humble.”) THERE’S AN AIRBNB FOR ARCHITECT NERDS, AND THE LISTINGS ARE INCREDIBLE

THE ULTIMATE MOBILE HOME: A HOUSE THAT FOLDS AND UNFOLDS ITSELF

If you’ve ever left home, even for a second, you recognize that being home is the best. Leaving home means that you’re without the comfort of your own four walls, not to mention all of your stuff. Whether you’re parting ways with the roof over your head for a quick trip to the grocery store, work, or even vacation – it’s all too soon before you realize, time and time again, that there’s no place like home. But what if you could take home with you? And I’m not talking about stuffing all your favorite stuff into a suitcase and then acting surprised when you have to pay half of your mortgage to ***actually*** take it on a plane. No, I’m talking about a new era of mobile homes. THE ULTIMATE MOBILE HOME: A HOUSE THAT FOLDS AND UNFOLDS ITSELF

NOW’S YOUR CHANCE TO BUY ONE OF THE OLDEST HOMES IN THE UNITED STATES

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There’s a log house in New Jersey that was built a hundred years before George Washington was born, and it’s for sale.  The C.A. Nothnagle Log House in Greenwich Township, built around 1643 and officially the oldest wooden structure in North America, is a literal house-shaped piece of history (it’s been in the National Register of Historical Places since 1976), and as you might imagine, history isn’t cheap; the house is presently listed at just under $3 million. NOW’S YOUR CHANCE TO BUY ONE OF THE OLDEST HOMES IN THE UNITED STATES

REAL-LIFE FACEBOOK TOWN: A SOCIAL COMMUNITY IN THE WORKS

Oh, Facebook. What an evil, brilliant, wild invention you are – the startup that shook the world from the comfort of its college dorm room beginnings. Little did we know when Facebook first shimmered across our screens that it would become a staple – much like a morning cup of Joe or checking the mail, we would adapt to seeing what everyone we’ve ever been even mild acquaintances with is up to nowadays. REAL-LIFE FACEBOOK TOWN: A SOCIAL COMMUNITY IN THE WORKS