Archinect - News 2017-10-18T23:49:47-04:00 MONU #27 on "Small Urbanism" released MAGAZINEONURBANISM 2017-10-16T12:39:00-04:00 >2017-10-16T12:39:47-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p><strong>&ldquo;&hellip; And Though She be but Little, She is Fierce!&rdquo;</strong>, the title of <em><strong>Liz Teston&rsquo;s</strong></em> contribution using a quote from Shakespeare&rsquo;s &ldquo;A Midsummer Night&rsquo;s Dream&rdquo;, captures the content of this <strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MONU</a></strong> issue on <strong>&ldquo;Small Urbanism&rdquo;</strong> very well. For when it comes to urbanism, small things seem to matter, whether they are actions, small physical elements, information and communications technology, or small-scale interventions. With regard to actions, <strong>Teston</strong> shows how transient micro-urbanisms of protest architecture can have a significant impact on our cities. During such actions, human bodies can alter public spaces through practices that challenge the arrangement of urban power and convert it into a channel of opposition, as <em><strong>Ana Medina </strong></em>argues in her piece<strong> &ldquo;Dissident Micro-occupations&rdquo;</strong>. In her explorations of dissident architectural practices, she reveals that spaces for protests are in fact not designed, but taken over by the dissidents to transform the architectural urban landscape. However, t...</p> These architects actually proposed building the border wall with shipping containers and micro-housing units Nicholas Korody 2017-03-09T12:35:00-05:00 >2017-03-11T17:53:31-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>What if the border wall proposed by Trump didn&rsquo;t have to be built in concrete, but rather out of that ubiquitous staple of BArch theses and &ldquo;pop-up&rdquo; urbanism, shipping containers? That&rsquo;s the twee take of DOMO Design Studio, who propose a &ldquo;softer, gentler&rdquo; version of the wall, wherein shipping containers line the US/Mexico border. And, if that wasn&rsquo;t enough, the shipping containers will include other tropes of contemporary urbanism, from retail spaces to micro housing.</p><p>Yep, that&rsquo;s right: DOMO Design Studio imagines you might want to live in a tiny home within a piece of divisive infrastructure! It&rsquo;s the Bushwick of xenophobic nationalism: a dystopia of hipster consumerism set within an aestheticized landscape populated by the signifiers of the post-industrial economy!&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;One of our goals was to not be like the Great Wall of China or the Berlin Wall or any of those typologies that represent division,&rdquo; principal architect Francisco Llado told <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Politico</a>. &ldquo;Our design is not about division bu...</p> The Onion takes on the 'Tiny House' movement Nicholas Korody 2016-08-16T17:13:00-04:00 >2016-08-21T23:12:54-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>The Onion has <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">once again</a> skewered an architectural trend, this time honing in on the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'pro's and con's' of tiny houses</a>, aka 'micro-houses'. Pro's include: "paints inability to afford a real home as positive life choice"; "allows you to live the simple life your ancestors did everything in their power to escape"; and "4&rsquo;-by-3&rsquo; velvet Allman Brothers Band poster gets the decorating job done on its own" among others. Meanwhile, the con's include: "anxious pacing route severely restricted"; "lack of diversity in a neighborhood composed entirely of other people whose novels didn&rsquo;t sell"; and "have to live there".</p><p>Desperate for more laughs? Follow these links:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&#8203;&#8203;Denver is &ldquo;Baroque-a-colas&rdquo; and &ldquo;CAD-itecture&rdquo; galore</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">300-mile wall "proposed" for the Bay Area to exile Burning Man festivalgoers, forever</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Famous architects flipping the bird</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">US student is rescued from giant vagina sculpture in Germany</a></li></ul> New York's micro-apartments seen through the psychological lens Alexander Walter 2016-05-16T13:45:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T23:51:13-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>In just a few weeks, the residents of New York&rsquo;s first micro-apartment building can move in to their new homes. And when they say micro, they mean it [...]. Spending extended amounts of time in a crowded space can be stressful; if the unit holds multiple people, the occupants &ndash; especially kids &ndash; can suffer as a result of the lack of privacy. And creative space-saving layouts, she explained, can become a source of mental fatigue.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">My Micro NYC Apartment Complex Is Officially Renting</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Long Island City &lsquo;Micro&rsquo; Units Will Have Three Bedrooms</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">500 Square Feet and Falling</a></li></ul> The disappearing barsati, or rooftop dwellings, of Delhi Nicholas Korody 2015-12-21T17:33:00-05:00 >2015-12-28T21:17:15-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Buildings in Delhi&rsquo;s residential areas were restricted to two storeys, with construction permitted on only a fraction of the space on the third floor, so on top of homes, families built small dwellings for their own use, as accommodation for domestic staff or to rent out cheaply. Exposed to the elements, the single room on the top floor became known evocatively as the barsati &ndash; derived from the Hindi word for rain, barsaat.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"These apartments &ndash; generally, a small shack with a large terrace &ndash; afforded a new generation of urbanites cheap living space near the centre of town...&nbsp;But it&rsquo;s a typology that, as land values rise and the population grows, is fast disappearing. While there are no official figures, anecdotal evidence suggests that in the 1980s, 75% of small rentable properties in many residential suburbs were barsatis &ndash; the same areas today have only a few dozen such properties, but many more apartment blocks."</em></p> 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 srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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 srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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 srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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 #403 Nam Henderson 2015-02-03T11:20:00-05:00 >2015-02-13T13:38:12-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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 srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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> 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 srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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 srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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 srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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 srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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 srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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 srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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>