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Smaller Homes For America

November 17, 2010
Smaller Homes For America

According to a recent CNBC article by Cindy Perman, The Shrinking House: Downsizing the American Dream, Americans finally want smaller homes after a less than satisfying twenty year love affair with the out-of-the-box, cookie-cutter, house-that-every-architect-loves-to-hate McMansion.  In summary: “The median home size in America was near 2,300 square feet at the peak of the market […]

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Development Wants What Development Gets

November 4, 2010
Development Wants What Development Gets

The conventional definition of over-development typically applies to the fringe of a city: it impacts pristine land, adds to soil erosion, contributes to pollution in storm-water run-off, loss of habitat, loss of entire ecosystems, etc.  But when it occurs in the center of a city, we drop the pejorative prefix and unreservedly laud it as […]

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Utopian Solutions to Real Problems

October 20, 2010
Utopian Solutions to Real Problems

Architects have always been at the forefront of envisioning fantastic new models and paradigms for living.  More often than not those visions tend to neglect the diversity and sometimes impossible collage of forms that results from a city built by its own citizens.  See Le Corbusier’s Radiant City or Antonia Sant’Elia for example. However, with […]

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