Here’s a great example of next generation thinking. Although built with disaster relief in mind, I can see this also working as a backyard art studio/get-away or business office. The AbleNook portable dwelling can be assembled in about 2 hours. If you’d like to help make this happen, be a part of their Kickstarter campaign.
I like that it has electrical wiring built right into the clip-together structural components. The insulated panels then slide into the structure. Panels are interchangeable and on a grid, so it’s easy to enlarge the space. The roof is built of solar panels that feed the built-in electric wiring grid. There’s a back porch storage area for water and batteries. Just add a composting toilet and a rainwater collection/purification system, and this would be nearly perfect off-the-grid living.
It would be great to take some of these concepts (with modifications) and create the Build-a-building system.
For further details see Gizmag for this article on AbleNook.
Fantastic idea!! Having toured areas devastated by natural disasters, I know the profound positive impact the ablenook could have. And these folks need funding to make it a reality! Their deadline is Monday 2/4; donate at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/940901690/ablenook-rapidly-deployable-modular-dwelling-0.