Billboards are being turned into homeless shelters

The issue of homelessness is a global epidemic. Millions across the world face the fear of sleeping without shelter, warmth or food, on a daily basis. However, an innovative architectural firm are hoping to change this, even in the smallest of ways.

A team from Slovakia have come up with an idea to provide temporary housing for those without it.

By utilising advertising space across the highways and main roads, the team have designed a tiny studio apartment that would also serve as a billboard.

The tiny apartments would feature a kitchen, an office space, a bed with storage underneath and a clean bathroom.

DesignDevelop, the team behind the project explained that their design is simple yet effective: “The Gregory project brings optimisation to the construction of billboard structures. Such an object would need just a minimal maintenance cost which could be partially paid through the rental of its advert space”.

These designs are only visual interpretations of what the final product would look like, but the team are excited about providing opportunities to assist the community, with such a cost-effective and simple idea.

The homes are being trialed in Slovakia because of the easy access to water and electricity – due to their grid system, but with slight adjustments, the design team say the system could be implemented into any country.


These “transparent trucks” could save lives

Drivers understand the constant threat of semi-trailers on the road. They provide significant hazards and stressful obstacles when driving on any kind of road – let alone on a busy highway.

According the research, almost one person dies in a traffic accident every hour in Argentina.

Samsung has manufactured a way for all of this can change. By installing a small camera on the front of a truck, the images can be transmitted as a live-feed to screens on the back. This vision offers drivers trying to navigate the roads around trucks, an easy and safe way to assess and observe any risk.

The prototype has already been tested and proved to be efficient in providing clarity and assurance to other drivers, especially those driving the trucks. The cameras are also equipped with a night vision mode so the most harrowing of tasks, navigating roads at night, can be made easier and  remarkably safer.

The company is now working with local governments to provide a cost-effective solution to incorporating this technology into fleets around the country – then around the world.

What do you think about this technology? Would you like to see it on our roads?