San Francisco Approves Nation’s Tiniest Apartments

An artist’s concept of an apartment. (Panoramic Interests)

has recently approved legislation that will change the city building code to allow for “micro-unit apartments” that includes only 220 square feet of living space. These spaces aim at providing affordable options for singles to live in densely populated urban areas without having to live in the outskirts of the city. Although more of a craze in NY, has actually surpassed as the most expensive rental market in the country. More information after the break.

W Barcelona Hotel / Ricardo Bofill

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Architects: Ricardo Bofill
Location: , Spain
Area: 42,818 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Ricardo Bofill

Video: Emerging Urban Landscapes, The Istanbul Series


Shaped by the Ottoman Empire, known for historical Byzantine structures and its famed Grand Bazaar, Istanbul has always been a melting pot of influences and culture. In recent years, due to thriving economies, emerging cities such as Istanbul have begun cultivating a design landscape. Rapid progress often compromises preservation of heritage and promotion of the arts. On the 5th of November 2012, Taksim Square, one of the few remaining green areas of the city was closed off until late 2013, without the knowledge or consent of its citizens. Here we speak to Özlem Yalim Özkaraoglu, Director of the Design Biennial, and designer, Koray Malhan, about dictatorial urban planning and the future of ’s most notable city.

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© Eva Vieira

Shell.ter Pavilion / LIKE Architects

The Shell.ter pavilion, a temporary installation for the Cerveira Creative Camp, is built from monoblock chairs in the gardens of a natural park in the north of Portugal, during a short summer workshop by LIKE Architects…. Resembling the most

Facts Tåkern Visitor Centre / Wingårdh Arkitektkontor AB

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Architects: Wingårdh Arkitektkontor AB
Location: ,
Design Team: Gert Wingårdh, Jonas Edblad. Team: Ingrid Gunnarsson, Aron Davidsson, Jannika Wirstad, Peter Öhman
Area: 750 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Christian Badenfelt, Åke Eson Lindman, Tord-Rickard Sîderstrîm

Broom Way Residence / Nonzero Architecture

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Architects: Nonzero Architecture
Location: , California,
Design Team: Peter Grueneisen, Gary Georges, Perkin Mak, Marc Jones, Gregg Oelker, Jonathan Brown
Structural Engineer: Paul Franceschi
Civil Engineer: Steve Siegrist
Interior Design: Laurie March
General Contractor: Greeniron Constructs
Area: 4,200 sq ft
Year: 2011
Photographs: Juergen Nogai

See ArchDaily's exclusive coverage of the 2012 Venice Biennale

AD Interviews: San Rocco at the 13th Venice Biennale

During the 13th Venice Biennale we had the chance to interview the team behind San Rocco: Matteo Ghidoni, Giovanni Piovene and Pier Paolo Tamburelli.

is a very particular architecture magazine, described by its creators as something that “does not solve problems. It is not a useful magazine […] is neither serious nor friendly”, a curated selection of writings around particular topics related to the current state of architectural thinking and criticism. has a five year plan, a limited time frame where 20 editions will be published with topics that range from “Scary Architects” and “Collaborations”, to “What’s wrong with the primitive hut” or “Houses for billionaires”.

Book of Copies at Museum of Copying, Venice Biennale © Nico Saieh
Book of Copies at Museum of Copying, Venice Biennale © Nico Saieh

During the 13th Venice Biennale, San Rocco was present in two exhibits at the Arsenale, including the launch of their project “Book of Copies” at the “Museum of Copying” exhibit curated by FAT. ”Books of Copies” is an online database comprised of images that can be copied in order to produce architecture. As such, “Books of Copies” are receptacles of a collective form of knowledge that we can provisionally call “architecture”. During the Biennale, visitors can photocopy and remix their own magazines.

San Rocco can be found online, or as part of the itinerant Archizines exhibit. You can connect with San Rocco on Facebook for more updates.

Sustainable Market Square Winning Proposal / TomDavid Architects

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TomDavid Architects shared with us their first prize winning proposal for the Sustainable Market Square competition in . In their proposal, they successfully combine indigenous techniques for shelter and heat control, the accountability of it’s residence, and innovative low-maintenance materials. In doing so, they create an efficient and pragmatic icon for the next generation market which serves as a catalyst for improvement. More images and architects’ description after the break.

The Shell and its Contents – Italia B&B Showroom / Pitsou Kedem Architects

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Architects: Pitsou Kedem Architects
Location: ,
Design Team: Pitsou Kedem, Irene Goldberg, Raz Melamed
Photographs: Amit Geron

Melkwegbrug / NEXT Architects

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Architects: NEXT Architects
Location: ,
Dimension: 66m
Photographs: Jeroen Musch, NEXT Architects

Media Architecture ‘Oscars’ Awards Announced

Blinkenlights, Berlin – Alexanderplatz 2003 © Thomas Fiedler / Project by Chaos Computer Club

The Media Architecture ‘Oscars’ were recently awarded for the first time at an internationally well attended ceremony in , on November 16. Common features of the six awarded projects, which are very different winning projects, are their ability to integrate media and architecture – and the profound impact on their urban surroundings. More images and descriptions of the winning projects after the break.

Casuarinas House / Metropolis

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Architects: Metropolis
Location: Lima, 
Architect in Charge: José Orrego
Project Area: 569 sqm
Photographs: Juan Solano

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Xiangshawan Desert Lotus Hotel / PLaT Architects

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Architects: PLaT Architects
Location: Xiangshawan Desert,
Completion Date: March, 2013
Area: 30,000 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of PLaT Architects

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Courtesy of The Architectural League

‘Time Light’ Steven Holl Lecture at the Cooper Union

Hosted by the Architectural League and co-sponsored by The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union, Steven Holl… will lecture in the Great Hall at The Cooper Union on November 28 at 7:00pm. Holl’s architecture and writing

Bent / Chris Kabel

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Architects: Chris Kabel
Location: ,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Hans Peter Föllmi, Luuk Kramer

House In Moreira / Phyd Arquitectura

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Architects: Phyd Arquitectura
Location: Moreira, Maia,
Architect In Charge: Paulo Henrique Durão, João Ricardo Dias, Daniel Gil Tomé
Collaborators: Jennifer Duarte, Miguel Águas
Structure Engineer: Pedro Fragoso Viegas
Year: 2011
Photographs: Javier Callejas

Under The Roof / Foraster Arquitectos

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Architects: Foraster Arquitectos
Location: , Spain
Area: 540 sqm
Year: 2012
Photography: Courtesy of Foraster Arquitectos

Video: Googie Architecture, Part 2

Sunny & Mild Media presents Part 2 of its Googie Architecture Series, presenting design work at the cusp of technological innovations of the 1950s.  Emerging out of an obsession with the fast new world of cars, planes and rockets, Architecture became an ultramodern style that sought to encapsulate the spirit of the 21st century.  The new forms – sweeping, cantilevered roofs, starbursts, and flowing forms – became a form of advertisement that caught the attention of motorists, for its vibrance along the stretches of highways and for its distinctive style.

This installment features a closer look at the diners and restaurants that thrived in the ’50s and were designed with the Googie style. Even the one of the first McDonald’s restaurants adapted the style to work with its logo. Many of these buildings stand in ruin now, but the style was used in all kinds of building typologies – most of which emphasized the car: drive-thru’s, drive-in’s, car washes, diners, and gas stations.  Even Las Vegas, and our associations with the its architecture today, are a reflection of that style.