Archinect - News 2017-08-23T23:23:49-04:00 How Small Is Too Small? Archinect 2012-10-22T17:14:00-04:00 >2012-10-23T19:55:49-04:00 <img src="" width="540" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s true that micro-units are not family-friendly, but it&rsquo;s less true that a small apartment is inherently inhabitable. While the debate rages on about how much space is too little, there is little talk of how much is too much. Different constituencies may have their reasons for opposing these tiny units, but however varied they may be, all seem to reflect a distinctly American perception of what qualifies as &ldquo;enough&rdquo; space.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Why Canada's houses are getting smaller Archinect 2012-07-17T12:09:00-04:00 >2012-07-23T18:58:33-04:00 <img src="" width="620" height="373" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Milllennials, the generation born from 1983 onwards, enjoyed a childhood free of bunkbeds or even shared bathrooms. Growing up in plush megahomes undoubtedly helped them become, in the words of one author, &ldquo;self-centred, needy, and entitled with unrealistic work expectations.&rdquo; Oddly, it also spawned a group of people patently unimpressed with backyards and breakfast nooks.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Mayor Bloomberg announces new "micro-unit" apartment design competition Paul Petrunia 2012-07-09T19:38:00-04:00 >2013-08-09T16:45:18-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="482" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert K. Steel and Department of Housing Preservation and Development Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua today launched the adAPT NYC Competition, a pilot program to develop a new housing model for the City&rsquo;s growing small-household population. adAPT NYC seeks to create additional choices within New York City&rsquo;s housing market to accommodate the city&rsquo;s changing demographics.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The design competition involves a Request for Proposals for a rental building composed primarily, or completely, of micro-units -- apartments smaller than what is allowed under current regulations. New York City's housing codes have not kept up with its changing population, and currently do not allow an entire building of micro-units. Under this pilot program, Mayor Bloomberg will waive certain zoning regulations at a City-owned site at 335 East 27th Street in the Kips Bay neighborhood of Manhattan to test the market for this new housing model. The Mayor made the announcement at the American Institute of Architects' Center for Architecture and also was joined by Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Linda I. Gibbs, City Planning Commissioner Amanda Burden and Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri, whose agencies collaborated with the Department of Housing Preservation and Development on the creation of this design competition.</p> <p> HPD will hold a pre-submission conference for ...</p> 16-square-foot apartment is a vision of tiny housing taken too far Archinect 2012-06-06T21:06:00-04:00 >2012-06-07T10:20:49-04:00 <img src="" width="627" height="349" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>King&rsquo;s Cube is the creation of MFA student Joe Yiu, who wanted to investigate the Hong Kong idea of an &ldquo;ideal living space.&rdquo; The apartment advertised in her video features art, houseplants, wood flooring, and &ldquo;international-class marble&rdquo; &mdash; at least, the model unit does &mdash; and residents dress in formalwear to show their status, but the space is too small for a kitchen, a bathroom, a dresser, a chair, or a particularly tall or wide human.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Small House by Unemori Architects Archinect 2012-02-27T18:30:58-05:00 >2012-02-28T15:59:13-05:00 <img src="" width="640" height="961" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The &ldquo;Small House&rdquo; designed by Unemori Architects, is &hellip; small. It&rsquo;s footprint is only 4 by 4 meters and it is 9 meters high. Apparently a family of three lives is this house in Tokyo.</p></em><br /><br /><p>saf, safdg</p> Ever wondered how small an apartment can legally get in California? Archinect 2012-02-22T00:22:00-05:00 >2012-02-25T06:27:54-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="323" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>To create a smarter space, Kennedy constructed a 160-square-foot test home (the smallest legal-sized apartment for California) inside a Berkeley wherehouse. SmartSpace 1.0 is filled with innovations like the SmartBench, an adjustable banquette that converts from a dining table to a guest bed.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Tiny apartment shows the value of a good fit Paul Petrunia 2011-05-09T16:54:51-04:00 >2011-05-13T07:08:44-04:00 <img src="" width="608" height="405" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Steve Sauer's 182-square-foot Seattle condo shows the value of a good fit, from the soaking tub built into the entry floor to the "video lounge" tucked beneath the "cafe area." Sauer shopped Ikea for many of his home's furnishings, such as a little table, and used tabletops to fashion cabinet fronts.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>