New study concludes that jet air dryers should not be used in hospitals

They do a terrific job of taking bacteria from your hands and spreading it all over the walls and floors.

Centuries-old distillery converted into multipurpose co-working space

It comes with a tiny bar, housed in the distillery’s old elevator.

Here’s the dirt on a rammed-earth renovation in Australia

Add heritage preservation, passive house design and a butterfly roof and it pushes a lot of buttons around here.

Striking 160 sq. ft. Urban Cabin features hidden hanging garden

This conceptual design for a micro-house in Los Angeles fluidly mixes the indoor with the outdoor.

Multi-level lakeside cabin recomposes relationship to nature

This quiet retreat has an interesting interior of overlapping layers that welcomes the outdoors in.

Couple converts van into full-time traveling home for $13K

This cozy van home interior includes a bathroom and kitchen.

Here’s a new idea: off-the-rack prefabs by top architects

Cube Haus is “disrupting the existing housing market, delivering high-design value, modular homes at reasonable prices.”

For this woman, van dwelling is her solution to high rents (Video)

High rents in the city prompting this young woman to look for an alternative — in a van conversion.

Big doors & windows make this all-season teardrop trailer feel open

Nimble and functional, this teardrop trailer features lots of nice views out.

Norwegians suffer from desperate shortage of parking, will come to America in droves

We learn from Streetfilms that they are removing all the parking in Oslo; no wonder they want to leave.

How one couple adapted their tiny home to welcome a baby

Take a look at how this tiny house couple modified their home to make it safe and comfortable for a new addition to the family.

Minimalist aVOID tiny house is an ever-transforming living experience (Video)

It’s a multifunctional space that hides everything behind its pared-down walls.

Should we really be building out of plastic? No.

I thought it might be a way to use up all that plastic that they are going to make, but I was wrong.

Jewel-like micro-apartment gets multifunctional makeover in Paris

This small 118-square-foot apartment holds a few pleasant, space-saving surprises.

On Stanley Jevons and LED lights

And why LEDs are different than other ways of improving energy efficiency- we keep finding new ways to waste energy.

My New Year’s Resolutions for writing in 2018

No more being seduced by objects of desire, it is time for serious sustainability.

2017: The year in urban design and transportation

There is a bit of repetition here. Sorry, but I have had a really hard time with cars clogging up our cities.

Fossil fuel companies are fueling a global plastics binge; what will we do with it all?

They are building hundreds of new “cracking” facilities to make 40 percent more plastic. Are we going to drown in it?

Why we should build our homes the way we build cars

It’s almost 2018 and we are still building our homes like it’s 1918. It’s time to fix this.

Co-living apartment designed as "social overlapping" experiment for students

This experimental co-living design scheme aims to foster communication, responsibility and human relationships.

The Future We Want: The year in Elon Musk

But what about the future we need?

Mechanical engineer’s $1,000 van conversion has a quick-folding bed (Video)

Wanting a comfortable place to live in while traveling across the continent, this avid rock climber transforms a van into a small home on wheels.

Rotating futuristic off-grid camper easily expands into two-bedroom dwelling (Video)

Powered by sun and wind, this road-worthy, two-bedroom camper can transform into a fully featured home at the push of a button.