Category: High-rise

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

4 February, 2014 (09:00) | Apartments, architects, Cities, Design, High-rise, Housing, Innovations, micro-apartments, New York City, Psychology, Rent control, Uncategorized, urban living |

 [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-apartments, New York City, Psychology, Rent control, Uncategorized, urban living |

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

Formula for instant slum: Part 5, Larger forces at work

20 December, 2013 (12:13) | Apartments, China, Cities, democracy, Eminent domain, High-rise, Housing, Slums, Theory, Tianjin, urban development, Urbanization |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 4, and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.] By:David A. Smith Completing what has become a five-part series on the instant vertical city of Huaming, via a discouraging New York Times (November 10, 2013) article, we’ve seen that China’s leadership developed Huaming in pursuit of a vision of transformative urbanization […]

Formula for instant slum: Part 4, Look at the empty fields

19 December, 2013 (09:00) | Apartments, China, Cities, democracy, Eminent domain, High-rise, Slums, Theory, Tianjin, urban development, Urbanization |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 3 and the preceding Part 1 and Part 2.]   By:David A. Smith   By now in our systematic reorganization and expansion upon a depressing New York Times (November 10, 2013) article on the obliteration of old Huaming (outside Tianjin) in favor of an instantly created new Huaming, readers can see the […]

Formula for instant slum: Part 3, Doubled the price of rice

18 December, 2013 (09:00) | Apartments, China, Cities, democracy, Eminent domain, High-rise, Housing, Slums, Theory, Tianjin, urban development, Urbanization |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   In our continuing multi-part review of the New York Times (November 10, 2013) surprisingly critical article about the forced accelerated urbanization of Huaming outside mega-Tianjin, we had covered the first six steps in the formula for an instant slum.   Yes, […]