An architect's greatest contender is himself or herself. With every project, he or shee must find a way to create a design more innovative than the previous. Depending on the location of the construction and the space allotted, sometimes architects also face the challenge of creating economically and ecologically sustainable, comfortable, and aesthetically pleasing homes for their clients.

Allow us to present design geniuses and engineers like H&P architects who created the Blooming Bamboo House in Vietnam, which is able to sustain 1.5-meter-high floods! Then there's the Green Screen House by Hideo Kumaki Architects, which uses an organic screen to block sunlight and keep temperature low. Check out our picks for Fresh Builds: The Coolest Houses of September 2013, and even if you probably can't afford them, maybe you can pick up some designspiration.

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