Small Firm Forum February: Living Large in Small Spaces

SFF Discussion

Thursday, February 7, 2013
12 noon to 1:30pm
1.5 CES LUs

Free for AIA members / $3 for non-members. Brown bag lunch (BYO lunch)

SFF Host:  Juliana Brodsky, Assoc. AIA

For the first decade since before WWII, Americans are moving out of the suburbs and into cities.  As the population returns to urban spaces, designers are faced with new challenges: achieving the same lifestyle and quality of life in smaller spaces, reintroducing families to smaller living, and creating small work spaces.  How can good design facilitate these smaller spaces?  Can older archetypes set a useful example for new spaces?  How can conflicts with building codes be resolved?  We’ll look at examples from the Bay Area and abroad, and discuss the potential for smaller spaces in the East Bay.

Learning Objectives:

1.      Learn how modern technology can facilitate smaller office and work spaces
2.      Gain an understanding for how European space-saving techniques can be applied harmoniously with the CBC
3.      See three examples of pre-WWII techniques adapted by modern designers
4.      Gain an understanding of small multi-function space planning.

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