This 3D printed house is made from a mix of soil, straw, sand, and other sustainable materials!

Using rammed earth, mud, clay and other natural materials for construction is a practice that has been around for at least 10,000 years. Casa Covida is a unique home that blends these age-old construction practices with the marvels of modern technology like 3D printing to elevate sustainable architecture to a new level!

Even today, earth-based houses are used by almost 30 percent of the world’s population because they are low-tech, affordable, and simple. These are not just tiny huts, they cover everything from hand-made earthen buildings to traditionally modern homes – the binding factor is the use of rammed earth techniques as well as sustainable materials like bamboo or wood. These materials are local and easy to source – what could be easier than to use the earth beneath one’s own feet? While some people might think these techniques are outdated, many designers and architects are experimenting with them by mixing them up with 3D printing technology. Emerging Objects is one of these visionary studios that want to explore more novel ways to use 3D printing. Casa Covida has been 3D printed using soil mixed with straw, sand, and other organic materials – a successful experiment by the California-based studio.

The name Casa Covida refers to both the global pandemic and the Spanish word for cohabitation because it was born during a special time where we dealt with both those things. The organic structure is currently a prototype that can host two people and has been 3D-printed in the desert of San Luis Valley, Colorado, using a three-axis SCARA (Selective Compliance Articulated Robot Arm) that extruded out an adobe mix of sand, silt, clay, and water. The house has three parts – a central space, a sleeping space, and a bathing space. The central space can be accessed via a wooden door which can be left open/closed thanks to an inflatable pink roof that can be deployed during rain or snow, or if the occupants want to keep the heat of the fire from escaping. The roof is one of the most interesting features and has been inspired by a blooming cactus as a nod to the dwelling’s desert location.

The central space includes the main hearth and two earthen benches called tarima. It also comes equipped with custom-designed earthen cookware which was also 3D-printed using locally sourced micaceous clay. The sleeping space includes a platform made from beetle kill pine (basically wood reclaimed from trees that have been killed off by mountain pine beetles – a big problem in Colorado) and is softened up for comfort with textiles made by local artist Joshua Tafoya. The bathing space has a metal soaking tub embedded into the ground and surrounded by river stones – straight up making you feel like you are bathing in a river bed. When you look up from the tub, there’s an open view of the sky above from a circular window.

The smartphone-controlled SCARA robotic printer used in this project is lightweight enough that only two people are needed to operate it. Casa Covida may be an experimental prototype for now, but Rael points out that the goal here is to ask vital questions about the limits of advanced technology and materials, and the possibilities of reviving ancient techniques and materials in a modern context, “In some ways, for me at least, this is a return to a particular origin and we’re taking the most primitive materials and combining them with the most sophisticated technology. But I actually see that in reverse: I see that mankind has been developing the use of mud for 10,000 years — it’s actually our most sophisticated material. And the way it works thermally, and the way it performs, and the way that it works environmentally is extremely sophisticated. The robotic arm is a crotchety, weird thing that’s always breaking down — that’s only existed for two years. It’s the least sophisticated technology we have for making a building. So the way I look at it is that we’re returning to a higher level of construction system by simplifying.” Reverse engineering the use of sustainable materials!

Designer: Emerging Objects

This 100% self-sustaining cabin is was placed in the forest without a trace of fossil fuels!

You know my love for cabins and sustainability, I am always searching for the best cabins to go live in once the pandemic is over and sustainable designs that can help slow down the climate crisis. I finally found a design that marries them both and this is the most perfect cabin to exist on my list – a 100% self-sustaining and sustainable off-the-grid cabin that focuses on enjoying as well as preserving the environment it is in! They invented an assembly architecture that is fully adaptable to the environment and doesn’t even need a boom truck to be transported because of the construction technology (through assemblies) – the team takes the materials anywhere even when the construction site is far from the car path.

The latest cabin by the company is called Krul and is developed to perform independently of passive systems. The interiors are designed in a way to allow maximum natural sunlight, especially during winters to keep it naturally warm as much as possible. The orientation of the structure also maintains breezy natural ventilation even during summers. The water harvested or used is naturally treated through a worm-based Lombrifiltro system – think of it as biomimicry of our natural ecosystem. It provides enough for reuse (shower to WC), sanitation, drinking water, and sewage system. The wood used is treated with the best product on the market, certified without chemicals, and the best sealing technology in the world Rothoblass. The cabin completely eliminates the need for fossil fuels, external services, and bills!

ZeroCabin wants to change the habits of its occupants by providing the tools to live sustainably. “It is not about ‘what happens if the water-scarce,’ the questions these days should be ‘if the waters scarce, are my habits according to the water available in the place where I live? If the solar energy is not enough, are my consumption habits according to the energy available?” adds the team when talking about the thought process behind the design. All ZeroCabins regardless of the modality you buy (turnkey or DIY) have a structural base that allows optimal capture of their only two inputs, just like trees: sun and rainwater. The cabin maximizes functionality oversize but includes a wide range of modifications you can do based on the land you want to put it on and as long as it is aligned with their environmental guidelines.

Additionally, the company also encourages all cabin owners to be a part of their 100% ecological tourism network. Every cabin kit sold finances planting of native trees according to the reforestation campaigns. “We do not seek to make houses with character, spatiality, or identity … our architect is nature and its rules, and from there we create something for you. The result is a respectful mutualism that will not break the limits of the environment and in gratitude, you will be able to live without accounts happy of life for the rest of your life,” says the team with utmost love for their work and their efforts to help the environment. ZeroCabin is a home that adapts to you and the planet seamlessly.

Designer: ZeroCabin

The world’s first triple net-zero development is here to push the boundaries of sustainable architecture!

Meet the world’s first triple net-zero development – the Seventy-Six complex! Triple net zero means the highest standards of reaching net-zero waste in three categories – Energy, Water, and Waste. It is an award-winning project that revitalizes the community of the historic South End, explores new boundaries in sustainable development while being conscious about the environment, costs, and social implications.

Seventy-Six is designed by Garrison Architects and it consists of three mixed-use buildings. Building A is a seven-story structure of spanning over 40,320 square feet, Building B, is a nine-story structure spanning over 136,080 square feet, and Building C is also a seven-story structure that spans 40,320 square feet. The buildings all include a studio, one, two, and three-bedroom apartments, as well as commercial spaces that can support the residents like a salon, daycare, urban farming zones etc.

The complex will be built using steel framing with a modular construction system that will include factory-built braced steel-framed units. “The mechanical, electrical, plumbing (MEP) scope will be coordinated with the modular system, and the systems coordinated with an energy consultant to meet the requirements of Passive House, Triple Net Zero Energy, Sustainability, and the NYSERDA Building of Excellence Program,” explains the team. The diversified engineering teams are responsible for the HVAC, plumbing, fire protection, electrical engineering design and analysis for the construction of approximately 216,000 square feet of mixed-use space to achieve the ambitious goal of aligning with the Triple Net Zero Energy Standard.

MEP systems will include hybrid solar thermal and photovoltaic systems that will be deployed on solar canopies on the roofs as well as overhanging the courtyards. All the excess energy will be stored in batteries on-site and sold to the grid. Based on the design the energy consumption will meet or exceed Passive House Standards! The stormwater will be stored on-site and greywater will be treated on-site. This harvested/treated rainwater and greywater will be used for irrigation, recycling, composting for re-purposing and converting solid waste to energy. Meanwhile, stormwater will be stored on the roof and heated by solar energy to provide preheated water for household purposes – hot showers but with lesser guilt now! Seventy-Six’s current plan also features variable refrigerant flow systems that will be implemented to provide heating and cooling to the three buildings. LED lighting with occupancy and bi-level lighting controls will be featured in the project.

This complex radically combines sustainable infrastructure with high-quality, affordable, and flexible housing that meets universal design and accessibility requirements that can accommodate aging, changes in family size, and alternative living arrangements. With a special focus on water harvesting and treatment, the project also reduces the community’s impact on combined sewer overflows to the Hudson River (no, still not safe enough to swim there!). It has received two Building of Excellence Awards from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and has been recognized as a Blue Ribbon Award winner among such projects by the Architectural League. All of its high-performance energy, water, and waste systems will make the Seventy-Six one of the most sustainable and resilient urban mixed-use developments in the USA.

Designer: Garrison Architects

This webcam literally looks and behaves like a human eye… because tech surveillance wasn’t creepy enough

Remember when Sundar Pichai stepped on stage at Google I/O in 2018 and demonstrated how the virtual Google Assistant could make phone calls and have realistic conversations with people? It was a combination of scary and impressive, as Google’s voice AI literally spoke to a human, booking a haircare appointment at a salon. The virtual assistant’s manner of speaking was so incredibly natural, it could fool anyone into thinking it was a real human. The assistant’s voice had a natural speaking quality to it, with mannerisms, inflections, and even the occasional “ummm” and “ahhh” sounds to make it sound natural and human. The demo was a combination of incredibly impressive and incredibly scary, as it demonstrated how tech could easily cross over into human territory.

For people who still don’t feel tech is dystopian enough, here’s the Eyecam… a webcam that creepily stares right into your soul. In a world where tech spies on you (sometimes blatantly), the Eyecam adds a layer of realism to it. Designed by researcher Marc Teyssier, the Eyecam is more of a social project that aims at turning the humble camera into something more relatable – for better or for worse. The resulting device is eerily similar to an eye. Sure, it comes covered with faux flesh and has eyebrows and eyelashes, but the Eyecam doesn’t just look like an eye. It behaves like one too. The eyeball can independently pivot inside the eye socket, looking around the room. A facial-recognition software runs in the background, allowing the Eyecam to detect humans and look them directly in the eye. If that wasn’t creepy enough, the eyeball even has a tendency to move and jitter around like a human eye. It doesn’t stay absolutely still… instead, it looks and scans you, parts of your face, and intermittently shifts its gaze between your left and right eye. Oh, and it blinks too, feeling so real that your mind’s bound to feel extremely conscious of the camera’s gaze.

The Eyecam is more of an experiment than a real product. It aims at understanding, decoding, and tweaking the human-tech relationship. The camera behaves quite like a human eye would. Looking around the room before it spots you and stares directly into your eyes like another human. When the camera is resting, the eyelid shuts too, allowing you to feel a little more at ease around it. Obviously, when it wakes up and looks right at you, it feels slightly unnerving at first. I’m not sure how one would feel after months of using and getting used to the Eyecam… in fact, I’m not sure I even want to know, although it’s definitely something Teyssier is studying. Does the human tech relationship drastically change when the tech takes on a more human avatar? We’re comfortable with smartphone front-facing cameras casually pointing at us when we’re staring at our screens. What happens when that camera adopts a human appearance? How would our behaviors change if the surveillance around us felt that much more tangible?

If Black Mirror-esque dystopia excites you, you can actually build your own Eyecam from scratch. Marc’s been kind enough to document his entire process in great detail, and has even made hardware and software files available on Github. Just promise you won’t scare anyone to death! Remember, Big Brother’s always watching!

Designer: Marc Teyssier

The Eyecam comes built to scale, with remarkably human-like proportions and even details like skin-folds, wrinkles, and crow’s feet for that added realism.

The camera sits within an eyeball-shaped enclosure, which is rotated on multiple axes thanks to a series of motors and mechanisms that mimic the human eye’s randomized movement. *shudder*

Social experiment? Late April Fool’s Prank? Early Halloween experiment? You decide!

This electric autonomous ferry is the future of emission-free public water transportation!

Mobility and transportation are rapidly changing to become greener in an effort to reduce carbon emissions. From electric cars to sustainable yachts, talented teams are working in every transport category to provide a better alternative. One such project is the CAPTN Vaiaro which proposes two autonomous electric ferry concepts that offer a glimpse into the future of the industry. The team of designers developed CAPTN under the coordination of Kiel University in Germany because the concept was designed keeping the port city of Kiel in mind.

The city of Kiel is quickly turning into a bustling hub which is posing a challenge for city planners who want to make the public transportation network more efficient while still being aligned with the city’s climate goals. They are anticipating a spike in the ferry traffic between the west and east shores of Kiel Fjord and therefore need a solution that can keep up with the growth while also running on clean energy. Those two conditions are fulfilled by CAPTN Vaiaro, which stands for Clean Autonomous Public Transport Network, as it is specifically designed to integrate the ferry crossing into the city’s clean mobility network. The two different elements – the ‘floating platform’ and the ‘passage’ – allow for rapid carriage of buses and cyclists/pedestrians across the Fjord.

Using electric propulsion, the ferries make public transportation quiet and emission-free with electricity from renewable sources. The autonomous operation also will increase the frequency of service significantly. The ferry is designed to be available on-demand at all times, and operation is possible around the clock, every day, with integrated smart tech. The design addresses the entire mobility chain, specifically connections between bus and ferry services, to increase efficiency.

CAPTN’s team goes beyond the designers and includes several scientists and working groups from Kiel University, Kiel University of Applied Sciences, Muthesius University of Fine Arts & Design, as well as representatives from politics, administration, and industry. It also was one of the winners of the iF Design Talent Award 2020 and the jury described this project as one that takes a highly creative and innovative approach to public transport, imagining how a car-free city can nonetheless span two sides of a major waterway. CAPTN’s motto is ‘making innovations visible,’ and it shows!

Designer: Simeon Ortmüller, Vincent Steinhart-Besser, Yigang Shen, Jingyue Chen, and Tobias Gehrke

This sustainable home made from “air concrete” is fireproof, waterproof & DIY-friendly!

If you don’t know, concrete is really bad for the planet – it is responsible for 8% of the global carbon emissions! In the quest to find the perfect substitute many alternatives like foamcrete, papercrete, and hempcrete were created. Now we’ve got aircrete – a foamy mixture of air bubbles and cement which is cost-effective to produce, DIY-friendly, and has the essential safeguarding properties needed for construction.

Hajjar Gibran had the idea to create AirCrete homes and DomeGaia brought it to life. The aircrete mixture is a lightweight and low-cost building block that is fireproof, water-resistant, insect-proof, and serves to insulate the structure. AirCrete reduces construction costs by 10 times and is an easy material to work with for single-story homes. It dries overnight and can be shaped into any desired form – so what do you want your home to look like? A mini castle? Spongebob’s Pineapple? Anything is possible!

The dome structure is actually very energy efficient because it encloses the home with minimal material and keeps it warm, unlike traditional homes where 40% of the energy loss happens around the thermal bridges where studs, floors, and roof meet the exterior walls. It is also the strongest structural shape to safeguard against natural disasters, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, forest fires, floods, and volcanic eruptions.

The major key to DomeGaia’s AirCrete is the foaming agent that works by suspending tiny air bubbles in the cement mixture. A continuous foam generator disperses a mix of the foaming agent (like all-natural “high foaming” dish detergent) into the cement mixture and continues to mix it. It eliminates the need for aggregates, gravel, sand, or rock which are costly, take up space on-site, require heavy equipment to deliver, and hard labor to work with. It is wonderful to know we have so many ecological building alternatives to concrete that are durable, moldable, safe, climate-friendly, scalable, and sustainable!

Designer: DomeGaia

Fun fact, AirCrete is also waterproof enough for you to build a boat with because it will not rot, rust, or decompose!

Due to the seamless integration of floor, walls, and roof, Aircrete homes eliminate outside air penetration which allows the natural flow of interior convection currents that make it easier to heat and cool.

“Perhaps the most obvious reason to build with AirCrete is the enormous amount of money it will save you in construction, maintenance, keeping you cool during the summer and warm in the winter. Millions of tiny closed air cells give AirCrete its insulating properties. And you can form it to any thickness to suit your climate,” says the team.

Just one liter of dish detergent with 10 gallons of water makes enough foam to produce about 2 cubic meters or 70 cubic feet of AirCrete. The foam expands the volume of cement by a factor of 5 – 7.

Just use the standard wood-working tools to carve or drill into the material, inserting screws and nails where necessary.

This material also keeps the homes free from insects and rodents. These creatures hide in all kinds of cracks and when homes age they become more vulnerable to pests. You often resolve to treat the problem with chemicals and it becomes an endless cycle.

Natural materials like limestone in aircrete also help to keep the ailments caused by the off-gassing of modern construction materials.

DomeGaia not only designs, hosts workshops on building Aircrete homes but also sells a readymade foam generator unit called the Little Dragon along with their Foam-Injection AirCrete Mixer for those who want to take on a big project on their own from scratch.

Stunning double tourbillion timepiece puts luxury on your wrist at a fraction of the price

A good, reputed double tourbillion watch costs as much as a Lamborghini. It’s a stunning technology, no doubt, and requires painstaking hand-assembly, but I’d be mad to talk about a timepiece that clocks in at north of half of a million dollars. However, the ZEROO DT1 is a bit of an outlier in that regard. Yes, it sports a stunning, hand-assembled double-tourbillion complication sitting within a three-layer octagonal-shaped case, capped with a sapphire crystal cover… but it does so without costing a fortune. In fact, the ZEROO DT1 is literally more than 99% cheaper than your high-end two-tourbillion watch, costing just over $3,000.

While the price pays a major role in what makes the ZEROO DT1 so fascinating, it’s the two-tourbillion complication that absolutely steals the show. Visible at the 5 and 7 o’clock positions on the watch face, the tourbillions rotate once per minute, achieving greater precision through their synchronization, while hat-tipping to a category of watches that were previously only reserved for billionaires. Given its average price, double-tourbillion watches are considered a luxury lifestyle accessory, but the designers at Japan-based ZEROOTIME are committed to bringing the technology to regular consumers through the crowdfunding business model. This results in ZEROOTIME being able to avoid all overheads and middlemen, allowing the $3,000 DT1 to be ‘honestly priced’.

Each tourbillion is painstakingly hand-assembled before being individually and manually inspected for any defects. The complication is then encased within an octagonal case crafted from 316L steel, before being capped with a sapphire crystal on the front, and a metal plate on the back, finished with the Côtes de Genève microtexture. The watch face features highly legible numbers, coated in LumiNova for readability in low-light conditions too, and a crown at the 3 o’clock position lets you set the time as well as hand-wind the watch – a process that lets you intimately experience and control the watch’s double beating heart. Each DT1 also comes with a hand-stitched black polished leather strap to match the finesse of the watch’s magnificent movement, and a 2-year warranty on the timepiece.

Designer: SYUU

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ZEROO DT1 – World’s First Affordable Double Tourbillion Watch

Ranging from hundreds of thousands of dollars into the millions, double tourbillon watches have been far beyond the reach of the average consumer – until now. The DT1 by ZEROOTIME from Japan is releasing a price-slashing double tourbillon watch.

The Double Tourbillion

The world’s three grand mechanical watch complications are the tourbillon, the minute repeater, and the perpetual calendar, and wristwatches containing any one of these are sold by luxury watch brands for hundreds of thousands of dollars. The double tourbillon, however, stands above these as a super-complication and produced in extremely limited quantities each year by only the most skilled watchmakers, and thus are available only to billionaires.

The ZEROO DT1’s two tourbillons rotate once per minute, achieving greater precision through their synchronization.

Original Three-layer Case

Perfect for housing the double tourbillon movement, the three layers are composed of intricately cut parts for multifaceted light reflection off skillfully combined mirror surfaces and satin finishing.

Prioritizing a modern look when worn on the wrist, the ZEROO DT1 is not round but an oblong octagon. The caseback, secured with see-through sapphire crystal screws, features a Côtes de Genève finish. And whether worn with a leather, metal, or silicon strap, the convex lugs maintain a uniform curve from case to strap.

Highly Readable Dial Design

The 12, 3, and 9 are original font molds and the crown is intricate, an original trapezoidal design for the DT1 that is as beautiful as it is easy to operate.

Hand-wound Movement for Maximum Enjoyment

The ZEROO DT1 has a hand-wound movement, because we want you to feel the heart of the watch as you wind its spring, as if fueling a vehicle.

HLuminous LumiNova®

The hands are solid like a luxury brand sports watch, but to let the wearer to both enjoy the movement and easily tell the time, the team spent days studying hand thickness and luminous surface area, adjusting by tenths of a millimeter until we arrived at the optimal ratio.

Sapphire crystal, the highest-grade watch glass for protection: The protective watch glass is made of sapphire crystal for peak hardness and transparency, allowing you to enjoy every last detail of the intricate carriage movement without any fogging.

42-hour mainspring power reserve: The ZEROO DT1 has a hand-wound movement – you wind the spring by turning the crown clockwise in its normal position. However, the inclusion of a tough mainspring can power the watch for a reserve of up to 42 hours.

A hand-stitched leather strap: The ZEROO DT1 strap is black leather, polished to perfectly complement the watch body’s magnificent double tourbillon.

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This DIY tiny home comes partially assembled and as easy to put together as your IKEA furniture!

Wil Fidroeff is an Illinois-based designer who has been helping people build their own dome homes for the past 30 years by involving them in the process and making it cost-efficient!  He founded Faze Change Produx, the company responsible for creating DIY dome homes that can be constructed from wood and thermoplastic polyolefin (a type of single-ply roofing material that is low-cost and highly durable). Dubbed as EconOdome, each structure’s frame and triangle panel kits come pre-cut and partially assembled with detailed instructions – so better than IKEA and you get a whole home instead of just a couch!

EconOdome homes are built similarly to conventional homes involving a foundation and the main floor. Once that is in place, the vertical walls and roof is added in. There are 130 triangular roofing elements that connect to form the dome which has 10 equal sides. To minimize waste, parts in the DIY kit are cut to fit precisely with no additional work required on that end. The wood also comes with pre-drilled holes for stainless steel screws and caps to make assembling it super easy. The company’s 26-foot fully insulated model is sold for about $18,000 and their smaller 13-foot option is an option for those working within a more reasonable budget. The two-story larger model spans just over 800 square feet and comes with a fully equipped kitchen on the first floor and a bedroom on the top floor. The bedroom zone also includes a half-bath and space for a home office or extra storage. EconOdome homes come in white, tan, and light gray and each home’s interiors are finished with exposed wood. Those living in tropical climates can even add hurricane panels made with three layers of 3/4-inch plywood and an apex vent to ventilate heat and moisture.

“Our two most popular frame kit types are the ‘T-Beam’ frame kit, which features an exposed wood interior, and, the more economical ‘Basic’ frame kit. The third type of frame kit is called the ‘Double Dome. A Double Dome frame kit can consist of two 2×4 Basic EconOdome frame kits (one dome inside a larger dome). Or, a Double Dome can consist of a 2×4 exterior Basic EconOdome frame kit plus an interior T-Beam EconOdome frame kit. EconOdome frame kits are most often used to build a two-story home above a 10-sided perimeter riser wall,” says Fidroeff aka real-life Bob The Builder! I would love to see these dome homes include clean energy options and water harvesting systems so people can build their own sustainable communitites.

Designer: Wil Fidroeff

Forget the Rubik’s Cube… this origami-inspired shape-shifting cube is the most entertaining toy you’ll see

I’d totally understand if you decided to watch the video above on loop instead of reading what I have to write. Nothing I can say will ever match up to how entertaining the Shashibo Cube is to look at. Designed in the avatar of a 3×3-inch cube, the Shashibo is, in fact, made from 24 different triangular segments that snap together and rotate in relation to each other using a system of internal magnets. The results, as the video above should rather appropriately demonstrate, are simply stunning. The cube bends and folds in ways that will confuse, excite, and absolutely hypnotize you. Each triangular segment rotates freely (thanks to the magnets) to create a whole variety of geometric shapes, while artwork on the cube’s outer and inner surface fold and flex as if they’re being contorted in the time-space continuum. The fact that you’ve even reached this sentence instead of binge-watching the video is frankly confusing!

Designed by Andreas Hönigschmid, the Shashibo combines his love for geometry, magnets, and art into one endlessly entertaining product. A single Shashibo cube can transform into more than 70 different shapes… a number that reaches infinity when you realize that the magnets even allow you to snap multiple Shashibo cubes together! Opening and manipulating the cube is relatively simple – start by grabbing the corners of your cube, and open it like you would a pistachio nut. The cube instantly buckles as you split it open, warping into one of its many different shapes. While the very idea of the Shashibo is to explore its intricacies and understand its complex yet delightful geometry through actual experimentation, you could alternatively download the Shashibo guide as a ‘handbook’ to help you master the cube’s infinite power! The award-winning toy comes in 7 different art-styles, and is perfect for people of all ages and walks of life, and even for the vision-impaired!

Designer: Andreas Hönigschmid

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Shashibo – 3D Magnetic Puzzle Box

What looks like a cube becomes so much more. This patented Award-Winning mysterious magnetic puzzle box transforms into over 70 shapes. Collect and connect 2, 3, 4, or more to unlock 1,000,000+ structure designs.

Each Shashibo is powered by 36 hidden rare earth magnets.

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This sustainable suitcase uses 70% lesser parts & is easier to assemble/disassemble than IKEA furniture!

The sustainable travel and eco-tourism industry is slowly seeing a boost as more people become aware of the consequences of their itineraries. But we need to dive a little deeper and see what are the smaller changes we can make to our travel essentials before we reach a point of “Should we fly economy class or in a private jet?”. Not-so-fun-fact: suitcases are not recyclable and end up in the landfill 9 out of 10 times. To combat this waste that stems from our love for traveling, a team of designers created RHITA – a suitcase that is super easy to assemble and disassemble which makes it easier to repair or recycle.

“Every year hundred thousand of discarded luggage caused by damaged wheels, handles, shells or shells that are deformed or damaged by collision, hard to be repaired or disassemble for recycling, bringing great impact to the environment. Hence, design for assembly and disassembly allows the suitcase easy to repair or recycle, reduced parts by simplifying the structure and minimized material used, downsize shipping volume to decrease carbon footprint boosting sustainability,” says the design team. RHITA’s simplified structure reduces the number of parts used in production by 70% when compared to traditional suitcases. Even the space needed for transportation has been reduced by 33%. It features an innovative hinge system and a unique installation method – no glue or rivet for fixation, no sewing of the inner lining, maximizing the space inside as well as a quick fasten and loosen wheel mechanism.

This revised form lets you purchase parts in the desired color for replacement or repair only what’s necessary instead of completely discarding the bag and buying a new one. When the suitcase’s life cycle comes to an end, recycling is not simple and this suitcase is designed for making the life of the product longer while our experience with it becomes more sustainable. When RHITA reaches the end of its usable life, it is easy to recycle and therefore adds another much-needed dimension to the sustainable travel industry.

“I appreciate this young designer’s determination to squarely face the challenges of today’s industrial design, such as recycling, sustainability, and efficient transportation, and to find the best answers for the future,” said the A’Design Award Competition’s jury. RHITA won the Silver A’Design Award in Sustainable Products, Projects, and Green Design Category, 2019 – 2020.

Designers: Jhen Jia Yang, Yun Cheng, and Chun Yu Pan