Archives for category: Architecture

Peter Root is a, huh, potato artist. Supposedly, he traveled to Istanbul, Turkey for three weeks to carve 176 pounds of spuds into this Islamic cityscape–complete with homes, skyscrapers and mosques. Root’s toolkit consisted of a kitchen knife and a bicyle repair kit.

Is it coincidence a potato is a type of root? Another world mystery.

New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, had a contest for urban developers. The challege: How many people can you squeeze into a city block.

Monadnock Development LLC won the challenge by proposing to cram 55 micro-apartments at 335 East 27th Street in Manhattan by September 2015.

These units range in size from 250-370 square feet, or about the size of my laundry room. Prices range from $940 to $1,870 a month. What a deal!

It gets better. These modular apartments are built in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, then stacked on one another like Legos.

For your viewing pleasure, more stupid plans to stack people deep and cheap are being featured in an exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York, called “Making Room: New Models for Housing New Yorkers.”

At what point do people in New York decide to move elsewhere? If you’re going to live in a box, at least have a yard.

The Shahara Bridge, or Bridge of Sighs, is the gateway to Shahara Village, tucked away in Yemen’s Jabal Shahara mountain range.

This timeless settlement was once the fortified city of the Imams, capable of sustaining itself for months during attacks. 

The Shahara Bridge was built in the early 17th Century. It served as a footpath for the women of Shahara Village to carry grain and livestock across the 300 foot deep canyon.

For some reason Polish architect Jakub Szczesny decided to jam the world’s thinnest house into this Warsaw alley. 

I’m betting the tenants living in the two adjoining buildings, a pre-World War II house and a modern apartment block, can’t be too happy. Not to mention the displaced bums and junkies.

At 4 feet wide, 33 feet deep and 30 feet tall, this house is an over-sized walk in closet. It is fully functional and equipped with a bathroom, kitchen and bedroom. The front door is basically a trap door.

Renown writer Etgar Keret currently lives in this diminutive space. Why would a writer live in an abode with too little room to change his mind?