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<p>A man powers a boat near a house built on a rock on the river Drina near the western Serbian town of Bajina Basta, about 160km (99 miles) from the capital Belgrade May 22, 2013.  The house was built in 1968 by a group of young men who decided that the rock on the river was an ideal place for a tiny shelter, according to the house's co-owner, who was among those involved in its construction.  REUTERS/Marko Djurica</p>

A man powers a boat near a house built on a rock on the river Drina near the western Serbian town of Bajina Basta, about 160km (99 miles) from the capital Belgrade May 22, 2013. The house was built in 1968 by a group of young men who decided that...more

A man powers a boat near a house built on a rock on the river Drina near the western Serbian town of Bajina Basta, about 160km (99 miles) from the capital Belgrade May 22, 2013. The house was built in 1968 by a group of young men who decided that the rock on the river was an ideal place for a tiny shelter, according to the house's co-owner, who was among those involved in its construction. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

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<p>A privately built villa, surrounded by imitation rocks, is pictured on the rooftop of a 26-storey residential block in Beijing, August 13, 2013. A resident in the building has spent more than six years to build a villa covering over 1,000 square meters (10,764 square feet) on top of a 26-storey building in Beijing, according to local media. Residents in the building complained about the villa, fearing its weight may cause structural collapse. The local bureau of city administration attempted to investigate the allegedly illegal construction, but the owner has not shown up so far, Xinhua News Agency reported. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: BUSINESS CONSTRUCTION SOCIETY REAL ESTATE TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)</p>

A privately built villa, surrounded by imitation rocks, is pictured on the rooftop of a 26-storey residential block in Beijing, August 13, 2013. A resident in the building has spent more than six years to build a villa covering over 1,000 square...more

A privately built villa, surrounded by imitation rocks, is pictured on the rooftop of a 26-storey residential block in Beijing, August 13, 2013. A resident in the building has spent more than six years to build a villa covering over 1,000 square meters (10,764 square feet) on top of a 26-storey building in Beijing, according to local media. Residents in the building complained about the villa, fearing its weight may cause structural collapse. The local bureau of city administration attempted to investigate the allegedly illegal construction, but the owner has not shown up so far, Xinhua News Agency reported. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: BUSINESS CONSTRUCTION SOCIETY REAL ESTATE TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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<p>A view of about 70 domes houses, which were built by U.S. based Domes for the World, for villagers who lost their houses to last year's earthquake in Sumberharjo village, near Indonesia's ancient city of Yogyakarta, May 8, 2007. REUTERS/Dwi Oblo</p>

A view of about 70 domes houses, which were built by U.S. based Domes for the World, for villagers who lost their houses to last year's earthquake in Sumberharjo village, near Indonesia's ancient city of Yogyakarta, May 8, 2007. REUTERS/Dwi Oblo more

A view of about 70 domes houses, which were built by U.S. based Domes for the World, for villagers who lost their houses to last year's earthquake in Sumberharjo village, near Indonesia's ancient city of Yogyakarta, May 8, 2007. REUTERS/Dwi Oblo

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<p>The Heliodome, a bioclimatic solar house is seen in Cosswiller in the Alsacian countryside near Strasbourg, Eastern France, August 4, 2011. The house is designed as a giant three-dimensional sundial, set on a fixed angle in relationship to the sun's movements to provide shade during the summer months, keeping the inside temperature cool, and during Fall, Winter and Spring sunlight enters the large windows as the sun's position is lower in the sky, thus warming the living space.   REUTERS/Vincent Kessler</p>

The Heliodome, a bioclimatic solar house is seen in Cosswiller in the Alsacian countryside near Strasbourg, Eastern France, August 4, 2011. The house is designed as a giant three-dimensional sundial, set on a fixed angle in relationship to the sun's...more

The Heliodome, a bioclimatic solar house is seen in Cosswiller in the Alsacian countryside near Strasbourg, Eastern France, August 4, 2011. The house is designed as a giant three-dimensional sundial, set on a fixed angle in relationship to the sun's movements to provide shade during the summer months, keeping the inside temperature cool, and during Fall, Winter and Spring sunlight enters the large windows as the sun's position is lower in the sky, thus warming the living space. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

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<p>Hong Kong architect Gary Chang rests in a hammock inside his 32-square-metre apartment in Hong Kong January 28, 2010. After three decades in the same boxy dwelling Chang grew up in, he has come up with an innovative answer to the increasingly cramped lives of many urban dwellers -- the science fiction-like "domestic transformer".   REUTERS/Bobby Yip</p>

Hong Kong architect Gary Chang rests in a hammock inside his 32-square-metre apartment in Hong Kong January 28, 2010. After three decades in the same boxy dwelling Chang grew up in, he has come up with an innovative answer to the increasingly cramped...more

Hong Kong architect Gary Chang rests in a hammock inside his 32-square-metre apartment in Hong Kong January 28, 2010. After three decades in the same boxy dwelling Chang grew up in, he has come up with an innovative answer to the increasingly cramped lives of many urban dwellers -- the science fiction-like "domestic transformer". REUTERS/Bobby Yip

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<p>People wait in line to visit an upside-down house built at the Centre of Education and Promotion of the Region in the village of Szymbark, northern Poland July 31, 2007.  REUTERS/Peter Andrews</p>

People wait in line to visit an upside-down house built at the Centre of Education and Promotion of the Region in the village of Szymbark, northern Poland July 31, 2007. REUTERS/Peter Andrews

People wait in line to visit an upside-down house built at the Centre of Education and Promotion of the Region in the village of Szymbark, northern Poland July 31, 2007. REUTERS/Peter Andrews

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<p>A house partially built in the shape of an airplane is seen in Abuja November 24, 2009. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic</p>

A house partially built in the shape of an airplane is seen in Abuja November 24, 2009. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

A house partially built in the shape of an airplane is seen in Abuja November 24, 2009. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

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<p>Young sea gypsies play in the water in the center of their neighborhood in the Sulawesi Sea in Malaysia's state of Sabah on the Borneo island February 17, 2009. A community of 30 families of the indigenous ethnic group of sea gypsies are still maintaining a nomadic and sea-based life without fresh water supply, TV nor electricity, and only go to land to bury the dead. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad</p>

Young sea gypsies play in the water in the center of their neighborhood in the Sulawesi Sea in Malaysia's state of Sabah on the Borneo island February 17, 2009. A community of 30 families of the indigenous ethnic group of sea gypsies are still...more

Young sea gypsies play in the water in the center of their neighborhood in the Sulawesi Sea in Malaysia's state of Sabah on the Borneo island February 17, 2009. A community of 30 families of the indigenous ethnic group of sea gypsies are still maintaining a nomadic and sea-based life without fresh water supply, TV nor electricity, and only go to land to bury the dead. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad

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<p>A child stands at the door of a shipping container serving as his accommodation, in Shanghai March 4, 2013. The containers, which house different families, were set up by the landlord, who charges a rent of 500 yuan ($ 80) per month for each container. REUTERS/Aly Song</p>

A child stands at the door of a shipping container serving as his accommodation, in Shanghai March 4, 2013. The containers, which house different families, were set up by the landlord, who charges a rent of 500 yuan ($ 80) per month for each...more

A child stands at the door of a shipping container serving as his accommodation, in Shanghai March 4, 2013. The containers, which house different families, were set up by the landlord, who charges a rent of 500 yuan ($ 80) per month for each container. REUTERS/Aly Song

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<p>A Bulgarian woman looks inside her wine vat home in Socuellamos, central Spain, October 2, 2007. About 40 people living in this makeshift camp are ethnic Turks from Bulgaria who came to the vineyards of Socuellamos to pick grapes during the six-week annual harvest. At night they sleep in 20 or so overturned wine vats -- car-sized concrete barrels dumped on the outskirts of Socuellamos, a farming community in the hot and dusty region of Castilla-La Mancha. REUTERS/Andrea Comas</p>

A Bulgarian woman looks inside her wine vat home in Socuellamos, central Spain, October 2, 2007. About 40 people living in this makeshift camp are ethnic Turks from Bulgaria who came to the vineyards of Socuellamos to pick grapes during the six-week...more

A Bulgarian woman looks inside her wine vat home in Socuellamos, central Spain, October 2, 2007. About 40 people living in this makeshift camp are ethnic Turks from Bulgaria who came to the vineyards of Socuellamos to pick grapes during the six-week annual harvest. At night they sleep in 20 or so overturned wine vats -- car-sized concrete barrels dumped on the outskirts of Socuellamos, a farming community in the hot and dusty region of Castilla-La Mancha. REUTERS/Andrea Comas

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<p>A man sits as he smokes at the door of his cave-room in Yuncheng, Shanxi province, China August 7, 2010. REUTERS/China Daily</p>

A man sits as he smokes at the door of his cave-room in Yuncheng, Shanxi province, China August 7, 2010. REUTERS/China Daily

A man sits as he smokes at the door of his cave-room in Yuncheng, Shanxi province, China August 7, 2010. REUTERS/China Daily

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<p>Palestinian Halimeh Saleem (L) washes dishes at her cave home in the northern Negev Desert, near the West Bank city of Hebron, January 17, 2007.  REUTERS/Nayef Hashlamoun</p>

Palestinian Halimeh Saleem (L) washes dishes at her cave home in the northern Negev Desert, near the West Bank city of Hebron, January 17, 2007. REUTERS/Nayef Hashlamoun

Palestinian Halimeh Saleem (L) washes dishes at her cave home in the northern Negev Desert, near the West Bank city of Hebron, January 17, 2007. REUTERS/Nayef Hashlamoun

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<p>Bohumil Lhota, a 73-year-old builder, turns the house he built in Velke Hamry, near the town of Jablonec nad Nisou, 100km (62 miles) north-east from Prague, Czech Republic August 7, 2012. Lhota conceptualized the idea to create the unique house and started to build it in 1981, building it close to nature to benefit from the cooler ground temperature. Lhota's house, which is built in 2002, is able to move up and down and rotate on its sides, which allows him to adjust to his preferred window view. REUTERS/Petr Josek</p>

Bohumil Lhota, a 73-year-old builder, turns the house he built in Velke Hamry, near the town of Jablonec nad Nisou, 100km (62 miles) north-east from Prague, Czech Republic August 7, 2012. Lhota conceptualized the idea to create the unique house and...more

Bohumil Lhota, a 73-year-old builder, turns the house he built in Velke Hamry, near the town of Jablonec nad Nisou, 100km (62 miles) north-east from Prague, Czech Republic August 7, 2012. Lhota conceptualized the idea to create the unique house and started to build it in 1981, building it close to nature to benefit from the cooler ground temperature. Lhota's house, which is built in 2002, is able to move up and down and rotate on its sides, which allows him to adjust to his preferred window view. REUTERS/Petr Josek

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<p>Visitors walk inside a nearly 700 year old Fujian Tulou in Nanjing county, Fujian province, China November 19, 2012. The earthen Tulou buildings, which set up enclosed walls to defend against outside dangers, have served the Hakka people since 11th century, when their ancestors settled down at the south west of Fujian province to escape from rule of Jin ethnic. In 2008, 46 Fujian Tulou were written into the list of World Heritage by United Nations educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for not only its outstanding historical and cultural value but also its excellence in size and building techniques.  REUTERS/Stringer</p>

Visitors walk inside a nearly 700 year old Fujian Tulou in Nanjing county, Fujian province, China November 19, 2012. The earthen Tulou buildings, which set up enclosed walls to defend against outside dangers, have served the Hakka people since 11th...more

Visitors walk inside a nearly 700 year old Fujian Tulou in Nanjing county, Fujian province, China November 19, 2012. The earthen Tulou buildings, which set up enclosed walls to defend against outside dangers, have served the Hakka people since 11th century, when their ancestors settled down at the south west of Fujian province to escape from rule of Jin ethnic. In 2008, 46 Fujian Tulou were written into the list of World Heritage by United Nations educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for not only its outstanding historical and cultural value but also its excellence in size and building techniques. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>Girls play on a trampoline near a home blasted from a rock wall at the Rockland Ranch community outside Moab, Utah, November 2, 2012. The "Rock" as it is referred to by the approximately 100 people living there in about 15 families, was founded about 35 years ago on a sandstone formation near Canyonlands National Park. Polygamy was a part of the teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was brought to Utah by faithful Mormons in the late 1840s. The mainstream Mormon church abandoned the practice in 1890, but an estimated 37,000 Mormon fundamentalists continue the practice today and believe plural marriage brings exaltation in heaven. PREUTERS/Jim Urquhart</p>

Girls play on a trampoline near a home blasted from a rock wall at the Rockland Ranch community outside Moab, Utah, November 2, 2012. The "Rock" as it is referred to by the approximately 100 people living there in about 15 families, was founded about...more

Girls play on a trampoline near a home blasted from a rock wall at the Rockland Ranch community outside Moab, Utah, November 2, 2012. The "Rock" as it is referred to by the approximately 100 people living there in about 15 families, was founded about 35 years ago on a sandstone formation near Canyonlands National Park. Polygamy was a part of the teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was brought to Utah by faithful Mormons in the late 1840s. The mainstream Mormon church abandoned the practice in 1890, but an estimated 37,000 Mormon fundamentalists continue the practice today and believe plural marriage brings exaltation in heaven. PREUTERS/Jim Urquhart

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<p>Kong Siu-kau waits for dinner in a small cage in Hong Kong's Tai Kok Tsui district July 16, 2008. In older districts like Tai Kok Tsui, hundreds of elderly men still reside in caged cubicles in cramped, old tenement flats which house up to 12 individuals in often squalid conditions. Hong Kong on Wednesday announced a $1.4 billion inflation relief package for low-income groups, but for these downtrodden "cage-men" living in tiny cubicles, the measures gave little comfort. REUTERS/Victor Fraile</p>

Kong Siu-kau waits for dinner in a small cage in Hong Kong's Tai Kok Tsui district July 16, 2008. In older districts like Tai Kok Tsui, hundreds of elderly men still reside in caged cubicles in cramped, old tenement flats which house up to 12...more

Kong Siu-kau waits for dinner in a small cage in Hong Kong's Tai Kok Tsui district July 16, 2008. In older districts like Tai Kok Tsui, hundreds of elderly men still reside in caged cubicles in cramped, old tenement flats which house up to 12 individuals in often squalid conditions. Hong Kong on Wednesday announced a $1.4 billion inflation relief package for low-income groups, but for these downtrodden "cage-men" living in tiny cubicles, the measures gave little comfort. REUTERS/Victor Fraile

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<p>A man takes a picture of the one of the world's narrowest buildings, built as an artistic installation wedged between two existing buildings, in Warsaw October 23, 2012. A building just 92 cm (36 inches) wide as its narrowest point was opened in Warsaw on October 20 as an artistic installation that will be a home from home for Israeli writer Edgar Keret. Keret, who told news channel TVN24 he would live there when he visits Warsaw twice a year, said he conceived the project as a kind of memorial to his parents' family who died in the World War Two Holocaust.  REUTERS/Kacper Pempel</p>

A man takes a picture of the one of the world's narrowest buildings, built as an artistic installation wedged between two existing buildings, in Warsaw October 23, 2012. A building just 92 cm (36 inches) wide as its narrowest point was opened in...more

A man takes a picture of the one of the world's narrowest buildings, built as an artistic installation wedged between two existing buildings, in Warsaw October 23, 2012. A building just 92 cm (36 inches) wide as its narrowest point was opened in Warsaw on October 20 as an artistic installation that will be a home from home for Israeli writer Edgar Keret. Keret, who told news channel TVN24 he would live there when he visits Warsaw twice a year, said he conceived the project as a kind of memorial to his parents' family who died in the World War Two Holocaust. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

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<p>Residents climb into their houses atop gravestones inside a cemetery in Manila October 21, 2008. Many poor urban dwellers make their homes in public cemeteries, converting abandoned tombs and mausoleums into houses. The local government plan to move out the hundreds of people who live in the cemeteries around the city before the upcoming All Souls' Day, a day of remembrance for the dead when Catholics visit the graves of their relatives. REUTERS/Cheryl Ravelo</p>

Residents climb into their houses atop gravestones inside a cemetery in Manila October 21, 2008. Many poor urban dwellers make their homes in public cemeteries, converting abandoned tombs and mausoleums into houses. The local government plan to move...more

Residents climb into their houses atop gravestones inside a cemetery in Manila October 21, 2008. Many poor urban dwellers make their homes in public cemeteries, converting abandoned tombs and mausoleums into houses. The local government plan to move out the hundreds of people who live in the cemeteries around the city before the upcoming All Souls' Day, a day of remembrance for the dead when Catholics visit the graves of their relatives. REUTERS/Cheryl Ravelo

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<p>Miguel Restrepo (L), 62, and wife Maria Garcia are seen from their sewer home in Medellin December 4, 2012. The former drug addict has been living in an abandoned sewer with his wife and dog Blackie for 22 years. Their home, which is fitted with a kitchen, a fan, tv, a chair and a bed, is a 6 square meter wide and 1.4 meters high tunnel that leaks when it rains, and requires a manhole cover. REUTERS/Albeiro Lopera</p>

Miguel Restrepo (L), 62, and wife Maria Garcia are seen from their sewer home in Medellin December 4, 2012. The former drug addict has been living in an abandoned sewer with his wife and dog Blackie for 22 years. Their home, which is fitted with a...more

Miguel Restrepo (L), 62, and wife Maria Garcia are seen from their sewer home in Medellin December 4, 2012. The former drug addict has been living in an abandoned sewer with his wife and dog Blackie for 22 years. Their home, which is fitted with a kitchen, a fan, tv, a chair and a bed, is a 6 square meter wide and 1.4 meters high tunnel that leaks when it rains, and requires a manhole cover. REUTERS/Albeiro Lopera

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<p>Treehouses are seen on the Nine Ladies site in Stanton Lees, Derbyshire, northern England, March 25, 2004.  REUTERS/Kieran Doherty</p>

Treehouses are seen on the Nine Ladies site in Stanton Lees, Derbyshire, northern England, March 25, 2004. REUTERS/Kieran Doherty

Treehouses are seen on the Nine Ladies site in Stanton Lees, Derbyshire, northern England, March 25, 2004. REUTERS/Kieran Doherty

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