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.