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The Space Between Apartments

The Space Between Apartments
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The problem: to arrive at a circular configuration for medium-high rise housing that has 1) the structural efficiency of circular structures such as the Chinese vernacular Han (Hakka) communal house 2) cross ventilation to all apartments enabled by the two or four apartments per landing as in a typical floor of a standard Chinese apartment […]

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Mall World

Mall World
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Victor Gruen’s original shopping mall concept assumed private car ownership that allowed malls to be located on cheap but well-connected land on the edge of town. I’m told that in Tehran Bazaar you can buy anything you want but, in 2009, I was involved with an initial pitch for Tehran’s first American-style shopping mall. We […]

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Deck Access

Deck Access
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This building has a single flight staircase that passes by two entrance doors and two kitchen windows, one of slightly reduced height. It’s deck access because the stairwell and access balcony is open and can therefore ventilate and illuminate the inner rooms. This is important. People are trying to use a single configuration to solve […]

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The Dispersed House

The Dispersed House
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Architects spend much time organizing living spaces into fairly compact volumes that don’t require constructing unreasonable amounts of space that can’t be used for anything other than accessing those spaces with definite purposes. It’s possible to design houses or apartments that don’t have any circulation space as such, but if one has to travel through […]

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HOME WORK

HOME WORK
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Housing specific for certain categories of workers isn’t a new thing. Once upon a time we all worked from home if we weren’t out in the fields and it was in the best interests of landowners to provide housing for the people who worked those fields. This was known as the feudal system and peasants […]

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The Terrace

The Terrace
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Stacking dwellings will create a high-rise building with only one rooftop but only partially stacking them will create many partial rooftops known as terraces. The people of town of Masouleh probably think of theirs more as paths or roads. The ground floor can also have a terrace and many of Edwin Lutyens’ houses have paved […]