Category: Design

Round-shouldered psyches: Part 2, Do it in DUMBO?

4 February, 2014 (09:00) | Apartments, Architects, Cities, Design, High-rise, Housing, Innovations, Micro-housing, New York City, Psychology, Rent control, Urban life |

 [Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith                                                                           To my surprise, yesterday’s little post on the psychological risks of living in a micro-apartment, using as source material an interesting article in The Atlantic (December 13, 2013),  expanded so much it didn’t fit in the original slot, so I’ve carried it over.   Fun […]

Round-shouldered psyches: Part 1, Enough room for the fridge?

3 February, 2014 (14:43) | Apartments, Architects, Cities, Design, High-rise, Housing, Innovations, Micro-housing, New York City, Psychology, Rent control, Urban life |

By:David A. Smith                                                                           Would you live here?   Micro-apartment designed by Beriot, Bernardini Arquitectos   Every apartment looks spacious […]

Micro-housing in the realm of the impractical

16 August, 2013 (09:00) | $300 house, Apartments, Architects, Configuration, Core house, Design, Housing, Improvable house, Innovations, Micro-housing, Renzo Piano | 1 comment

By:David A. Smith   Frank Lloyd Wright’s houses usually leaked.    A brilliant architect unconcerned with leaks   Frank Gehry’s maquettes sometimes fell over – and he designed an art museum (Otto Hall) so high-tech it was destroying the art it was built to house, and had to be demolished.    If it doesn’t work, […]

Residential origami

13 December, 2011 (12:50) | Cities, Construction, Design, Homeownership, Innovations, Zoning |

By:David A. Smith   Amidst a New York Times story intended to be a heartwarming tale of self-revival after twice surviving cancer is a nice little example of creatively reusing the available cubic, which will be an increasingly important challenge of the twenty-first century:   Before: The original cabin had small windows, which obscured much […]

A shining city on a desert hill? Part 2, the messy reality

21 October, 2010 (15:07) | Abu Dhabi, Architecture, Cities, Design, Innovations, Urbanization |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]    By: David A. Smith    Yesterday, while working through a supercilious New York Times profile by architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff of the rising new Abu Dhabi desert city of Masdar, which after several years of envisioning is now rising from the desert:   Y’all gonna have a football stadium […]