What do you think of this tiny house by Sou Fujimoto? Okay, it doesn't look very comfortable, but it's only a proof-of-concept structure, not a finished house, and it certainly makes its point.
Geez, if the world is going to contain many houses like this then we better start planting trees on a massive scale.
Fujimoto loves wood and who can blame him? it's a beautiful material that's easily worked.
Enough talk about wood! Let's talk about bricks!
There's some terrific brick ideas out there, like this one (above) by Ninbo, but they're not mass market yet. You have to special order them, or make your own designs at home.
Maybe the reason the new styles haven't caught on yet is that so many are not load bearing. Not only that, but they're porous...they let in too much cold air to be practical in a house.
BTW, What do you think of the color of these bricks?