The Dumbo Townhouses by Alloy Design; Don’t Let The Name Fool You…

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Located at 55 Pearl Street in Brooklyn, New York (near the intersection at Water Street), the Dumbo Townhouse — designed by Alloy Architects — is a 18,000 square foot 5 unit housing complex that opened in 2015. Now, about that name “Dumbo,” which I should immediately correct at “DUMBO,” as the project involved the demolition of the existing single-story warehouse in the DUMBO Historic Section of Brooklyn.  The typical townhouse units at Dumbo measure at approximately 18′ wide (with the corner unit measuring at 19′ 2″ wide) with a raised private entrance at ground level. Each unit also has a shared drive with parking spaces for each townhouse, placed behind the garden level at grade. Continue reading “The Dumbo Townhouses by Alloy Design; Don’t Let The Name Fool You…”

White House Aims to Expand People’s Access to Solar Energy

While the solar industry is currently doing really well in the US, the White House is aiming to broaden people’s access to solar energy even more. The Obama Administration has launched a new initiative aimed at giving more people access to solar energy, which should result in creating more jobs in the solar industry. First, the government hopes to install 300 megawatts of solar and other varied types of renewable energy in areas with federally subsidized housing. There is currently a number of organizations in over 20 states that are to create 260 solar projects to assist low-income families. Continue reading “White House Aims to Expand People’s Access to Solar Energy”

A Small Village For The Homeless in Madison, Wisconsin

Occupy Madison has created a village of tiny houses for the homeless.

A non-profit organization in Madison, Wisconsin has created a small world for the area’s homeless.  Right now, there is an estimated 3,370 homeless people (and rising) in the area, but thanks to the efforts of Occupy Madison, those numbers will be dropping. The village contains nine tiny homes, day resource center, and access to restrooms, showers, laundry (with future plans for a community garden, tree orchard, and chickens in the spring), and gives the area’s homeless a safe and warm place to sleep, reports Revolution News. The tiny homes — all made from reclaimed or recycled material —  are 98 square feet and feature a bed, kitchen, bathroom, storage, and propane heat. The homes cost an estimated $3,000 to build, all of which came from donations. The homes were built by a “revolving” crew of volunteers, including some formerly homeless residents, reports Daily Kos. Continue reading “A Small Village For The Homeless in Madison, Wisconsin”

Disaster Relief Housing, In Case of Next ‘Superstorm’

Exterior Of The Prefabricated Relief Housing Units. Image Courtesy of GOTHAMIST / JAKE DOBKIN

With memories of Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina carved into the minds of many Americans, it’s kind of a “no-duh” assumption that temporary, post-disaster relief housing is needed and absolutely necessary. A collaboration between New York City’s Office of Emergency Management and Garrison Architects has resulted in the development of a system of modular, prefabricated housing meant to relieve any displaced citizens during the next hurricane, flood, and other natural disaster. The units  — like the prototype set on display in Brooklyn — measure at roughly 40′ by 100′ long, contain a kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and storage spaces, and are able to be set into the smaller nooks and crannies of any city. Continue reading “Disaster Relief Housing, In Case of Next ‘Superstorm’”

Bosques Flats Is A Tiny, Tiny Apartment Project

This is the Bosques Flats by HGR Arquitectos (with lead architect Marcos Hagerman), and it is a six-unit housing project completed last year in Materiales de Guerra # 9, Bosques de las Lomas, Mexico City. The building has three floors for housing, one basement for parking, and is located on an almost 2152-square-foot rectangular site containing only a street front of 32 feet and 65 feet deep. The site is also on a big slope, so the designers used the low point for an entrance for parking with the high point reserved for pedestrian access, allowing them to give the façade a nice contrast on either side. Continue reading “Bosques Flats Is A Tiny, Tiny Apartment Project”

Via Cordillera, with a Keyboard Key-like Facade…

…and just wish I could type on it ALL DAYYYY LOOONNNNGGGG!!!

The Via Cordillera project is located in a metropolitan area of Monterrey, Mexico, and consists of two 8-story blocks.  The area includes a neighborhood commercial area along the ground floor and mezzanine which are connected to a pedestrian walkways.  The main intent of the project is to trigger the growth of that same western part of the Monterrey metropolitan area. Each of the blocks has five housing levels with 28 apartments — ranging from 970 square feet to 2300 square feet — and four penthouses — measuring at 150 1615 square feet each. The complex also has a roof garden along the top level with amenities. The plot where this project was developed takes advantage of the local and immediate panoramic views. The Via Cordillera maintains and exploits the same panoramic views for the benefit of the interior of the apartments. Along the four facades of the two blocks, the strong natural sunlight to the South and West were taken into account int e design process in order to create a play with both volumes and projecting shadows. Continue reading “Via Cordillera, with a Keyboard Key-like Facade…”

Meet Hypercubus, a.k.a., An Interesting First Impression

After you either responded with “OOHs”‘, “AHHHs”, or “what? wait? I don’t even”,  I shall attempt to get you up to speed to give you an understanding of the Hypercubus house, designed by Studio WG3 in Styria, Austria.  The concept behind the  Hypercubus house is based on three fundamental concepts:

1) Utilizing open areas with available and self-sufficient infrastructure,
2) The construction and transportability of small modular living units, and finally
3) Creating a new regional tourism concept — the prepaid apartment — using a uniform design.
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You Wanna See This Award-Winning Micro-Apartment?!?

If there is one issue in particular that is affecting New York City, it is housing.  To address this concern, the adAPT NYC Competition was held in the city to find an example of an mini-apartment complex that could be developed into a new housing model for a smaller household population in the city.   The competition recently announced a winner (along with five finalists) in which many of the entries focuses on condensing the sizes of  typically larger living areas to save space, offering multi-functional rooms.  Each of the submitted proposals also include concentration on local community interaction, which makes up for the small apartment units with more public amenities provided in the building.   Continue reading “You Wanna See This Award-Winning Micro-Apartment?!?”