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Fourth Year Spring Undergraduate Topic Studio

Xavier Vendrell
Spring 2015

Living Small, Densifying the City

Since the beginning of the 20th century, architects have been experimenting with housing in new ways. This exploration has strived to respond to the way we live by finding more efficient homes in terms of space or performance, producing more affordable housing, and giving answer to more dense urban environments.  A common aspect in most of these proposals, no matter if they are speculative or built projects, is the intent to reduce the size of spaces where we live. This studio explores the concept of living small as a way to design houses that provide alternative means of living in our cities and simultaneously densify existing urban conditions in the traditional Chicago lot.

Arch 466
Advanced studio that pursues specific design and research agendas of current significance; students choose by lottery from among several options that are offered by faculty.