Micro-Homes & Fist of Jesus! – WIRed #125

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It’s time for Episode 125 of WIRed, where Montez McCrary discusses the rise of micro-housing in the United States, turn that working laptop screen into an external monitor, the awesome absurdity of Fist of Jesus, and remembering the WWF Forceable Entry album! Welcome to WIRed, bringing you the nerdy-geekery on architecture, technology, gaming, and pro wrestling. Continue reading “Micro-Homes & Fist of Jesus! – WIRed #125”

The US Cities With the Tiniest Micro-Apartments; It MIGHT Surprise You…

There’s a growing trend in the United States’ more popular cities that involves “living smaller” in dwellings known as micro-housing, i.e., apartments and other livable units that are smaller than 300 square feet.  The U.S. may not be leading globally in the micro-housing movement; Japan and Hong Kong DEFINITELY has those top positions locked down, with much of Europe not far behind.  However, the United States is culturally maneuvering in that direction as 28% of all American households were made up of single people (according to the 2010 Census, which YOURS TRULY participated as an enumerator, going house-to-house and meeting some, “colorful” individuals…).  The question is exactly where in this country can you find the (legally) smallest examples of this growing (heh, play on words) trend? Continue reading “The US Cities With the Tiniest Micro-Apartments; It MIGHT Surprise You…”

Put A Spotlight on Samsung’s NC215S Solar-powered Netbook.

BEHOLD!! THE POWER OF THE SUNNNNN!!!!!!!! Hey, see what I did there in the title?  Nice, huh?  Anyway, for anyone (and I mean “ANYONE” with an loud echo) who own a laptop or netbook, this should be a very interesting product and hopefully a sign of things to come. Here comes more green and energy-efficient technology headed to our computers. YAY SOLAR ENERGY!!! This is … Continue reading Put A Spotlight on Samsung’s NC215S Solar-powered Netbook.

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Concrete Tubing Recycled into Affordable "All-Tube" Hotel

Upon initially seeing this picture below, the first thought that came to mind was:

“This is probably what the ‘Swiss Family Robinson’ would have built if the story took place in the late 20th-to-early 21st century.”

This is the “Tubohotel,” located in Tepoztlan, Morelos, Mexico, which is less than an hour away from Mexico City.  The hotel was designed by T3arc, whose goal was to swiftly build a hotel at a low cost, and it is an affordable hotel that utilizes recycled concrete tubing for the rooms, which allows the rooms to showcase some amazing views of the area’s landscape and natural features.  The Tubohotel is said to have been inspired by architect Andreas Strauss’ Das ParkHotel. In contrast, the Tubohotel’s concrete modules have included some glass to provide better panoramic views for the guests (mainly of the local mountain range, Sierra del Tepozteco). Legend has it that Tepoztlan (the site of the Tubohotel) is the birthplace of Quetzalcoatl, Mexico’s ancient feathered serpent god.   Continue reading “Concrete Tubing Recycled into Affordable "All-Tube" Hotel”