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An Austin startup can 3D-print tiny homes in 24 hours for a fraction of the cost of traditional homebuilding — here’s how Icon could revolutionize affordable housing

October 24th, 2019 at 12:32 pm » Comments Off

Icon will 3D-print six more tiny homes at a property in Austin housing the city’s homeless population. Katie Canales/Business Insider Icon is an Austin startup that designs 3D-printing technology capable of building tiny homes in about a day for a fraction of the cost of traditional construction methods. Icon cofounder Evan Loomis told Business Insider […]



Can’t find an affordable home? Try living in a pod

October 29th, 2018 at 8:21 am » Comments Off

It’s dorm life for adults: A PodShare co-living building in Venice Beach, Calif., where dorm beds go for about $1,400 per month with shared kitchens and bathrooms. The cost of housing is out of reach for many residents in cities such as Los Angeles and Seattle. One solution is called co-living, and it looks a […]



Pipe dreams: can ‘nano apartments’ solve Hong Kong’s housing crisis?

May 27th, 2018 at 9:16 am » Comments Off

The city with the world’s tiniest and costliest living spaces may soon convert drainpipes into homes. The aim is to get young people on the property ladder – but how small is too small? “Both indoors and out, life in Hong Kong can feel pretty suffocating at times,” says 39-year-old finance worker Wai Li, who […]



America’s great renter boom is over

December 26th, 2017 at 10:56 am » Comments Off

The foreclosure crisis dumped a lot of high earners who have traditionally bought homes into the rental market. Rapidly rebounding housing markets, with skyrocketing home prices in big cities, kept them there. Now the number of renters has reached a plateau, and it could be about to fall.



Alex Le Roux 3D prints ‘Tiny House’ in just 24 hours

June 21st, 2016 at 9:35 am » Comments Off

The construction industry itself is dominated by huge corporations with equally huge budgets, many small startups and even one-man businesses. Among them is Alex Le Roux, a Houston, Texas-based student who has just reached a remarkable milestone. Using his own V2 Vesta 3D printer, he has just completed the first 3D printed livable structure in the […]



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