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Can Refugee Shelters be Beautiful, Functional, and Portable? One Designer's Award-Winning Answer.

A Jordanian-Canadian architect and designer has created a design for portable, collapsible shelters that generate power from the sun for displaced refugees world-wide.

World Habitat Day: Support Adequate Housing for People around the Globe

Biology classes teach us that every living organism occupies a habitat; but for many people, a habitat—or an adequate place to live—remains a dream. To draw attention to this concern, the United Nations recognizes the first Monday in October to be World Habitat Day.

Tiny House Fair in Vermont

For those interested in a simpler way of living, or who simply have a penchant for mini-houses, several companies offer on-going workshops, building plans and tiny house properties. The Tiny House Community will be holding their 2013 Tiny House Fair in Vermont next weekend, though tickets are sold out for the event. If you missed registration for the Tiny Fair, spots are available for next year’s Tiny House Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina. The weekend April event will feature 15 speakers and five tiny homes to tour, and was featured on the Huffington Post’s “website.

World Habitat Day


The United Nations has designated the first Monday of October every year as World Habitat Day. The idea is to reflect on the state of our towns and cities and the basic right of all, to adequate shelter.