Category: Design

The hipster’s mobile home: Part 2, Sheer joy of showering outdoors

10 February, 2016 (10:00) | Affordability, Apartments, Design, Development, Housing, Innovations, Land use, Micro-units, Rental, Speculation, Tenure, Tiny houses, US News, Usonian, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith And I sling the hash and wash the dishes Thank you, thank you, Mister Chairman, for those kind words; but why don’t you tell them the whole truth: founder, owner, editor, and I also sweep out the place. – The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance As […]

The hipster’s mobile home: Part 1, The three constraints

9 February, 2016 (10:00) | Affordability, Apartments, Design, Housing, Micro-units, Rental, Speculation, Tiny houses, US News | No comments

By: David A. Smith When the legend becomes fact, print the legend. – The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance “You’re not gonna use this story, are you Mr. Scott?” The secret of Twitter or Facebook, or the political arcs Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, and a host of others whom it would be tedious to mention, […]

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, […]