Archinect - News 2015-12-01T18:58:53-05:00 Long Island City ‘Micro’ Units Will Have Three Bedrooms Alyssa Alimurung 2015-10-08T17:45:00-04:00 >2015-10-10T10:44:50-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="392" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A micro apartment is typically less than 350 square feet, but the term &ldquo;micro&rdquo; is getting an expansion (figuratively and literally) in Long Island City. A new rental complex will offer 57 two- and three-bedroom units ranging from 490 to 735 square feet, according to the Wall Street Journal. The project at 37-10 Crescent Street is being developed by Ranger Properties.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> More details emerge about WeWork's residential endeavor WeLive Alexander Walter 2015-09-03T14:29:00-04:00 >2015-09-04T14:16:07-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>WeWork, the $10 billion startup that leases space to startups, has bigger ambitions: it wants to rent you a "co-living" space where you work, too. WeWork is busy launching its co-living apartments &mdash; known as WeLive spaces &mdash; in places like New York City and Washington DC, The Information reports. [...] WeWork will offer more than 250 micro-apartments at that location, along with amenities like bike parking, an herb garden, and a library.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Read also our <em>Working out of the Box </em>interview with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Miguel McKelvey</a>, co-founder of WeWork and a trained architect himself.</p><p>Previously in the Archinect news: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WeWork moves into residential development with WeLive</a>.</p> 500 Square Feet and Falling Julia Ingalls 2015-07-22T18:59:00-04:00 >2015-07-23T10:52:50-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="404" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The trend toward living in less square footage isn't just about battling rent hikes: in Orange County, the able-bodied and financially resourceful are choosing to habitate (and sometimes co-habitate) in so-called micro or mini-apartments. Although the definition varies, anything below 500 square feet is generally considered to be on the petite side. The smaller appliances, constricted shelving, and overall compactness of these places requires spatial creativity and a Spartan materialism. According to the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orange County Register</a>, nursing student and 475 square foot apartment dweller Cayla Alexander says of she and her husband,&nbsp;&ldquo;We have three bowls and five plates. But when you really come down to it, do you need anything else?&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Perhaps the most extreme example of this trend is the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">My Micro NY</a>, a complex of 55 apartments designed by nARCHITECTS in New York City that range in size from 260 to 370 square feet. According to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CapsysCorps</a>, the units make use of tall ceilings, large windows an...</p> Editor's Picks #411 Nam Henderson 2015-04-13T23:42:00-04:00 >2015-04-14T13:11:08-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Laura Amaya</a>&nbsp;published an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">interview</a> with Alfredo Brillembourg, founder and co-director of Urban-Think Tank.</p><p>&nbsp;Therein he signed off with this hopeful statement "<em>I would say we are, now in the 21st century, in the </em><strong><em><em>expanded field of architecture.</em></em></strong><em> We are challenged, but we believe that this is one of the most exciting times in history to be an architect</em>".<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br>The NYT reported <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pratt Institute&rsquo;s Architecture School</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> will begin offering a master&rsquo;s program in "Urban Placemaking and Management"</a>,&nbsp;led by David Burney FAIA, who was also recently appointed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">interim Executive Director</a> of AIANY and the Center for Architecture.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Lightperson</strong> let it be known "<em>I'm all for placemaking in urban space if it is local (^) and isn't just high-line-washing or bike washing. Unfortunately this doesn't sound like a complete system of thought, but a trendy commodification and repackaging of what's hip</em>".</p><p><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Reacting to the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">newest updates</a> on plans for the Mecanoo led redesign of DC Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library (...</p> Editor's Picks #403 Nam Henderson 2015-02-03T11:20:00-05:00 >2015-02-13T13:38:12-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a> still wants you to share your client horror stories!, (Inspired by the insane&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Just lost a-hole clients&nbsp;</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">thread</a> from a earlier this month) which you can do via twitter <a href=";q=%23archinectsessions&amp;src=typd" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">#archinectsessions</a>, email or call us at (213) 784-7421.<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br>Stephen Burgen <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">traveled to</a> the newly opened Museo Universidad de Navarra, designed by Rafael Moneo.&nbsp;<strong>Mr_Wiggin</strong> was disappointed "<em>To me, Moneo's best works are those that are inserted into a place built up 100+ years ago....this, standing alone in the middle of a verdant green, looks like failure of planning</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NYT</a>&nbsp;reported on the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">latest developments regarding Paul Rudolph&rsquo;s Orange County Government Center in Goshen, N.Y.</a>&nbsp;<strong>Thayer-D</strong> lamented "<em>I know this building is a maintenance nightmare, but it's truly one of the more interesting brutalist buildings out there. &nbsp;A lot of ideas to cull from it</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a>&nbsp;shared <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a quote/story</a> from Esther McCoy's 1981 memorial to&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Konrad Wachsmann</a>, wherein both Corbu and Konrad praise the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pont Transbordeur</a>&nbsp;as ...</p> Read the Urban Land Institute's full report on the micro unit housing trend Justine Testado 2015-01-30T15:49:00-05:00 >2015-02-02T17:40:38-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Urban Land Institute (ULI) recently published a report titled "The Macro View of Micro Units", which shares the latest findings in the revived trend of micro dwellings in the United States. The report arose from a ULI Foundation research grant that the Multifamily Housing Councils received in 2013 to evaluate the market performance and acceptance of small living spaces.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <em>The 23-unit SMARTSPACE SoMa micro apartments at 38 Harriet St. in San Francisco.</em></p><p>Bill Whitlow, a partner of Terra Search Partners, led the ULI Research Committee that wrote the 46-page report. The Committee worked with ULI Multifamily Council members as well as other developers, operators, and design professionals familiar with micro unit developments in conducting interviews. The findings were presented at the ULI's annual fall meeting in New York.</p><p>The report focuses especially on high-density and pricey metropolitan cities like New York, Boston, Seattle, Washington D.C., and San Francisco. The prefab SMARTSPACE ...</p> Editor's Picks #399 Nam Henderson 2014-12-28T17:19:00-05:00 >2014-12-31T18:46:57-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paul Keskeys</a>&nbsp;examined the the state of residential development across The Pond, and asks the question: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How can we rock the status quo?</a>&nbsp;Therein he diagnoses the root cause "<em>They will tell a tale of mass production, of value engineering, and of misguided nostalgia...It is economic pragmatism gone mad</em>".</p><p>Perhaps predictably,&nbsp;<strong>Thayer-D</strong> commented "<em>The reason traditional architecture persists in the residential realm to a much larger degree than the institutional or commercial one is that home buyers, aka, individuals chose it...What's with the faux historical meme?</em>", while <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chris Teeter</a>&nbsp;opined "<em>this dilemma is about the </em><em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">medium of finance dominating all mediums of existence</a></em><em>, There is nothing more we Architects can do, frankly, &nbsp;than educate each client one at a time</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Plus the latest edition of <strong>Screen/Print: </strong>featured <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Future Anterior</a>, the first American academic journal for historic preservation, published by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Minnesota Press</a>.</p><p><strong>midlander</strong> thought it was a "<em>great article, quite relevan...</em></p> Asia’s richest man is building Hong Kong apartments barely bigger than a prison cell Alexander Walter 2014-07-22T14:32:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T14:34:25-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Li&rsquo;s development company Cheung Kong will start selling &ldquo;micro-apartments&rdquo; for between HK$1.94 and HK$2 million ($250,000 to $260,000) a unit on July 26. The 196 mini flats, part of a larger development (pdf) of 1,071 units, are among the cheapest in Hong Kong and less than 200 square feet, or around 18 square meters. The smallest of the apartments come with usable area of just 177 sq. ft, including a 97 sq. ft living room, a 13 sq. ft kitchen and a 31 sq. ft bathroom.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Thousand dollar house, million dollar view Alexander Walter 2014-03-05T15:29:00-05:00 >2014-03-10T21:24:31-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>New homes in America are a lot bigger than they used to be. In fact since 1950 they've doubled in size, to an average about 2,500-square feet per home. And a bigger home generally uses more energy. So one college professor is attempting to trash some of our ideas about home ownership, by sleeping in a six-by-six-foot dumpster. [...] this month, Wilson moved into a sanitized recycling dumpster on the Austin, Texas, campus of Huston-Tillotson University.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Micro Housing by Donghyun Kim - second-prize entry for International Architectural Thesis Award 2013 Justine Testado 2013-11-08T14:32:00-05:00 >2014-09-01T23:56:16-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="245" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Donghyun Kim, an architectural designer who graduated from Cornell University, recently won second place in the Residential category for RE-THINKING THE FUTURE's International Architectural Thesis Award. [...] Kim's "Micro Housing" proposal is a response to New York City's changing demographics of shrinking housholds and also the lack of ground-level residential housing space.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Editor's Picks #327 Nam Henderson 2013-08-07T11:36:00-04:00 >2013-08-07T11:54:52-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</a>&nbsp;Editorial Manager for Archinect,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reviewed</a> the exhibit <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Never Built: Los Angeles</a>,&nbsp;currently on display at the Architecture and Design Museum in L.A.&nbsp;She concluded "<em>When Los Angeles appears so often but rarely as itself, Andersen&rsquo;s piece honors the city&rsquo;s ability to be a kind of transforming icon -- each destination in conversation with its inhabitants.&nbsp; It's impossible to know exactly what Los Angeles would be like today were these projects successful, but that isn't the point of "Never Built" -- it captures the collective consciousness of a city in the unrealized language of iconic architecture</em>".</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <br><strong>News</strong></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Justine Testado</a>&nbsp;Archinect&rsquo;s Editorial Intern <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">highlighted the work of CARDBORIGAMI&trade;</a>, an effort started by Tina Hovsepian to "<em>provide temporary, transitional shelter and connections to social services to help get people off the streets</em>".&nbsp;Her Cardborigami shelter is currently on display at the Berkshire Museum's latest exhibit, "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PaperWorks: The Art and Sc...</a></p> Editor's Picks #321 Nam Henderson 2013-06-25T11:32:00-04:00 >2013-07-06T07:48:04-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> For the latest edition of the Student Works: series Archinect featured work by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">two AA Visiting Schools one held in Athens &amp; the other in Istanbul</a>.&nbsp;Completed prior to the recent <strong>OccupyGezi</strong> unrest, Noise De-Former (one of the projects from the Istanbul school) "<em>aimed to materialize the fluctuating noise levels in Taksim Square by creating an interface which can regulate noise, enabling a more comfortable environment for the public resting in Gezi Park</em>".</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <br><strong>News</strong><br> Inspired by a recent discussion re: the Influence of Robert Venturi on Louis Kahn&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a>;&nbsp;highlighted&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a significant thesis by then Master of Science in Architecture candidate Sam Rodell in Washington State University completed in 2008. In the thesis Mr. Rodell</a>, "<em>considers the question of how Louis Kahn&rsquo;s development as an architect was shaped by the influences of Robert Venturi. The personal and professional interaction between these two historically significant architects began late in Kahn&rsquo;s career and early in Ven...</em></p> Results of Denver’s Micro Housing Ideas Competition Alexander Walter 2013-05-31T19:42:00-04:00 >2013-08-21T14:11:43-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="436" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Denver Architectural League recently announced the winners of their Micro Housing Ideas Competition as well as seven formal recognitions. Inspired by a concern about the lack of innovation in Denver's existing multi-family housing market where many banal apartment, townhome and condo complexes continue to be built, this competition offered designers an opportunity to engage in reinventing the notion of "responsible affordable housing" with an emphasis on regenerative design.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>