Small Homes, Big Ideas

Sponsored by TAMLYN

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain the multiple factors driving the trend toward smaller home sizes.
  2. Discuss ways that very small apartment layouts can be optimized to provide a sense of openness and spaciousness.
  3. Define key design elements that can help create a sense of community and connection in multi-building development projects.
  4. Describe innovative strategies for optimizing steeply sloping sites.


1.5 AIA LU/Elective
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Pico Place
Yes, in My Backyard: A sympathetic design raises the bar for affordable housing in a not-so-affordable city.
Songpa Micro Housing
Living Small in the Big City: Adapting to a changing program, an inventive project in Seoul mixes micro and small apartments with arts-focused functions.
The Big Squeeze
As cities wrestle with an affordable-housing crisis, some people see micro units as one option to explore.
616 20th Street
Slice of life: A new condominium building in an old waterfront section of San Francisco sparks up the neighborhood with its serrated facade.
Screen Test: On a midblock infill site, a pristine box wrapped in layers of clean-edged metal is a stylish antidote to its surroundings.
Dr. Kennedy Homes
Sunshine State of Mind: A low-income housing project brings together seniors and families in a residential development designed to respect its neighbors and accommodate the subtropical climate.
Hunters View Redevelopment
Second Time Around: The reimagining of two city blocks is helping to shape a new identity for one of San Francisco's bleakest neighborhoods.
Nishinoyama House
Working All the Angles: Kazuyo Sejima designs 10 apartments united by a sequence of overlapping roof planes in Kyoto.


Originally published in March 2017