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A solution to the housing shortage
by Katy Purviance on 07/14/08 @ 09:25:28 am
Categories: Events, I love this building | 226 words | 1576 views

I could watch design shows all day long, but you know what I can’t stand? Those shows where a pair of enormous empty nesters renovated their continental living room and their palatial kitchen. Do they really need all that room? Do they enjoy being a drain on our limited resources? (Or are they just dumb?)

I just read about the micro compact house (or m-ch) on a blog about sheds.

micro compact house

The micro-compact home (m-ch), inspired by frequent flights on business class, is to make its US debut this summer at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, as part of the exhibition Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling (20 July - 20 October 2008). It is a low energy lightweight prefabricated dwelling pioneered by Professor Richard Horden and his fellow teachers and students of the department of Architecture and Product Design, Technical University Munich.

Selected from 400 architectural projects, the 2,65m aluminium cube is one of five full-scale prefabricated homes to be displayed in the outdoor space to the west of MoMA’s building. The five projects will be shown in the context of a further 58 projects displayed in the sixth-floor International Council of The Museum of Modern Art Gallery, offering the most thorough examination to date of both the historic and contemporary significance of factory-produced architecture from 1833 to today.

Read more baout it.

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