Category: Embryo house

Experiment in urban micro-living: Part 2, the minuses

31 December, 2009 (12:21) | Embryo house, New York City, Slums, Theory | 1 comment

By: David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   Yesterday, using as our text a words-and-pictures story from the New York Post, we met the enterprising and quirky Zaarath and Christopher Prokop, who have elected to buy a micro-home in New York.  They wanted convenience in Manhattan, controllable occupancy cost, security of tenure, […]

Experiment in urban micro-living: Part 1, the pluses

30 December, 2009 (11:11) | Embryo house, New York City, Slums, Theory |

By: David A. Smith   Complex organisms have scale limits, a minimum and maximum size:   Any smaller and it cannot control its flight   Any larger and it cannot lift itself   Like physical organisms, systems also have scale limits: sports leagues, currency zones, or nations.  Below a minimum size they collapse; above a […]

Month in Review, June 2009: Part 2, not busted

15 July, 2009 (11:57) | Embryo house, Inclusionary zoning, Innovations, Month in review, Real estate taxes, Tax credits, US News |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   [Previous Months In Review available here: May 09, Apr 09, Mar 09, Feb 09, Jan 09]   Although yesterday’s half of the June review included nothing but bad news of valuable innovations broken or disrupted, the month also included stories showing that Schumpeter was right: some things deserve to […]

Month in Review, June 2009: Part 1, busted

14 July, 2009 (09:17) | Embryo house, Inclusionary zoning, Innovations, Month in review, Real estate taxes, Tax credits, US News |

[Previous Months In Review available here: May 09, Apr 09, Mar 09, Feb 09, Jan 09]   Who, me?    Busted things dominated June’s posts, a trend of which I was unaware until compiling the month-in-review.  June was busting up all over, starting with the sad spectacle of properties less costly demolished than boarded up, […]

Retrofitting informal housing

19 June, 2009 (21:45) | Configuration, Embryo house, Global news, Innovations, Slums, Theory |

If slums disappear only through conflagration (natural or man-made) or by assimilation into the formal city, then we will need to take existing informal housing and gradually formalize it. Because you are what you live in, urbanization requires formality: But as cities imply increasing physical density (more cubic space per square foot of land area), […]