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The Japanese live comfortably in tiny spaces. Could we?

February 24, 2009

The Japanese live comfortably in tiny spaces. Could we?

In the western world, 750 sq ft apartments can seem really small, even for just two people. The excerpt below is from an interesting article by Nold Egenter, a Swiss architectural anthropologist, on the cultural influences that allow the Japanese to live comfortably in what North Americans would consider small spaces.

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Handbuilt houses of the Pacific coast

February 10, 2009

Handbuilt houses of the Pacific coast

Sometimes after seeing too many chichi, precious, and citified houses, too much shiny, overproduced design, and everything just starts to look too estranged from the materials it was made from, as an antidote I go look at pictures of handbuilt houses.

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Sleeping cottage on Lake Huron, Ontario, by Mos

February 6, 2009

Sleeping cottage on Lake Huron, Ontario, by Mos

The beautiful Sleeping Cottage on Lake Huron, Canada, by Mos, 2003-4. Many people may already have seen Mos’ Floating House on Lake Huron. Mos is an architectural firm that in their own words is “a collective of designers, architects, thinkers, and state-of-the-art weirdoes.

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