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esearch shows humans don’t like being caged in, preferring to be in larger, more open spaces. And different factors – such as the shape of rooms, the colour of surfaces and the positioning and brightness of lighting – all influence how we perceive space. These are the elements designers and architects consider when creating spaces. And there are several tips you can use yourself to make your apartment, or any living space, seem roomier.

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A strategically placed mirror can create the illusion of extended space. Photo of Accent Mirror by Rosdorf Park.

EXTENDING SPACE If your apartment has outside views, you should use these. By facing living areas and furniture towards the window or balcony, the outside landscape becomes an extension of the inside space, increasing the perception of the room’s size.

You can also place a mirror opposite that view, which will reflect the outside and contrive another illusory kind of “outside”. A mirror’s view into another room would have a similar effect.

Ceilings with light fittings tend to shrink a space. Lights are best located on walls, about 300mm Architects (including Frank Lloyd Wright in below ceiling height and directed to shine up across his famous work Fallingwater) have long used the ceiling and down the walls. This spreads light this tactic to draw the eye outside, as a contrast over the surfaces, rather than concentrating it in a to smaller spaces with low ceilings. A window single direction, creating an illusion of size. doesn’t need to be large to create this effect, but some research has shown it needs to take up about Standing and desktop lamps provide the same 20% of the wall to improve satisfaction with the diversity of spread and reflection. interior space. 22

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USING COLOUR Interior designers do follow guidelines based on studies of colour and light theory to create the appearance of more space, though these may be seen as subjective and relying on intuition.

volume, as do exaggerated patterned carpets and rugs. Open and continuous flooring surfaces, like timber boards, engineered flooring, broadloom carpet and tiles, create an appearance of space.

FLEXIBLE SPACE Lighter colours, for instance, best reflect light and You could reorganise the apartment to change so create the appearance of space. Darker colours, the functions of the rooms. Think, for instance, decorative wallpapers and patterned fabrics are the bedrooms well placed, or should the living shrink space and absorb light. Studies have shown areas be relocated? lighter ceilings are perceived to be higher than darker ceilings. Generally, external views are best adopted for the daylight hours and so for the living and working Dark colours for floors can constrict a space. areas. And bedrooms rely less on broad outside Deeply ornate textures and fabrics also shrink views.

Lighter colours help expand the perception of space. Photo by Rawpixel [@byrawpixel].

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Melbourne’s heritage Romberg’s Stanhill Building was designed in 1950 with flexible apartment spaces that could be used as residences, offices and medical suites.

Things that normally work for a single purpose can take on more functions, which aids in using a small space for many purposes. For instance, if you own the apartment, you could replace a normal brick or timber dividing wall with a builtin cupboard which can face, back-to-back, into both rooms.

Later renovations repurposed the dining and living spaces as smaller bedrooms. The original bedrooms were redesigned as open-plan living and dining spaces, with views to Albert Park Lake. For the apartment renovation in the same building, a storage unit was designed to be a A studio renovation in the building adopted a bookshelf taking up most of a wall. storage unit (facing into the bedroom area) to door height, which acts as a screen to divide the USING FURNITURE nominal “rooms”. While there is limited research on the perceived spatial dimensions of furniture and its effect,

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The less stuff you have, the more spacious things appear. Photo by Neonbrand [@neonbrand].

studies do show the more furniture you put into a space, the smaller it appears. And most of us know the less “stuff ” we have in our apartments the bigger they seem. Fitted living room furniture with built-in side tables that hug the wall is better than having large single units and isolated tables. TVs and sound systems incorporated into storage are more spaceefficient than stand-alone units. Big furniture, like settees and coffee tables, ornate bedheads and oversized loose chairs, also overcrowds space. It’s not comfortable to have to walk around large pieces of furniture rather than

through space. The best types of furniture to use in small spaces are simple open-framed chairs and tables, furniture with light frames, steel or timber, and open backs.

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Kirsten Day is the Course Director of Interior Architecture and lecturer in the Department of Architectural and Industrial Design at Swinburne University of Technology. Her research emerges from 20 years working as an architect, in-situ examination and exploration, and an abiding interest in Asia generally and especially Chinese culture and history. In partnership with Architecture Media Politics Society (London) during 2016, Kirsten organised and curated the conference ‘Future Housing: Global Cities and Regional Problems’. The conference was held at Swinburne’s Hawthorn Campus and hosted by the Department of Interior Architecture and Industrial Design and the Centre for Design Innovation. This article was originally published on The Conversation.

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Despite several concerted efforts by city governments to lure residents, suburbanization continues largely unabated. Census figures show that suburbs of warm climate “Sun Belt” cities in the South and West continue to grow, while cities in the cold climate “Snow Belt” of the Midwest and Northeast decline. Smaller metropolitan areas with fewer than 500,000 people have also grown, related to an improving economy and job creation in smaller urban centers. This ongoing shift towards the suburbs has significant environmental repercussions. Since cities and suburbs are home for 8 of every 10 Americans, views of the country are often distorted. Most travel occurs within or between cities. Although rural areas have more than three times the miles of roadways as urban areas, more than two-thirds of the 3 trillion miles that vehicles travel each year in the U.S. are in urban and suburban areas. Jobs, too, are overwhelmingly centered around cities. Less than 2 percent of the American labor

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Streetscape at Torance luxury neighborhood in Huntersville, NC. Photo courtesy of Classica Homes [@classicahomes].

force is employed in agriculture. Many of my students are surprised that the land area occupied by cities is only 3 percent of the nation’s territory. However, they are correct in that cities have an outsized impact on the economy. In 2016, metropolitan areas contributed US$16.8 trillion dollars to the nation’s gross domestic product, more than 90 percent of the country’s economy.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Charlotte's suburbs are some of the most distinct and sought after suburbs in the country. Ranked by quality of schools, housing, amenities, and conveniences, Charlotte suburbs boast high marks in every category. The most popular Charlotte suburbs are Davidson, Mooresville, Pineville, Cornelius, Huntersville, Harrisburg, Belmont, Fort Mill, Tega Cay, Concord, Matthews, Rock Hill, Weddington, Waxhaw, Indian Trail, Stallings, Marvin, Denver, Monroe, Gastonia, Mount Holly, Lake Wylie, India Hook, Clover, Mint Hill, Indian Land, And Wesley Chapel. With this economic activity comes a high use of natural resources and concentrated pollution

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production. Although density can be more efficient when it comes to energy use, the sheer number of urban dwellers means that cities, despite a small physical footprint, have a big energy and pollution footprint. Rising suburbanization undermines some of the energy efficiency gained by high density living in urban cores. Manhattan has lower per capita greenhouse gas emissions than the suburbs of New York, thanks to factors like apartment living, high costs of car ownership and extensive public transit. Of course, not everyone can afford to live in Manhattan even if they want to. Low-density suburbs are an affordable alternative. Even so, suburban life can look less desirable for some. As the U.S. population ages, elderly people may end up “stranded in the suburbs,” far from adequate public transit and unable or unwilling to drive. At my urban university, a mixed use retirement facility was sold out before ground was broken. In the U.S., there are more than 100 university-based retirement communities and the number is growing.

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MountHolly toMooresville The trend toward suburban life could soon come to an end. Millennials – the generation born between 1981 and 1997 – appear to prefer urban life. They are happier in cities, especially large metropolitan areas, than older generations. The millennial population is growing fastest in metro areas in the Sun Belt and western states, and slowest in the Snow Belt. Topping the list of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas for millennials are Colorado Springs, San Antonio, Denver and Orlando. Will millennials follow older generations to the suburbs as they marry, have children, recover from the shocks of the Great Recession and find affordable housing? The jury is still out. Whatever happens, it’s unlikely that people will start to move out of cities and suburbs and back into rural areas. Even though increased connectivity and the internet of things will make remote work more possible than before, businesses will continue to concentrate in urban cores, because they profit from being close to one another. Futurists once thought the telephone would make crowded cities unnecessary.

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Weddington toCornelius

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Monterey house plan at Granary Oaks in Concord, NC. Photo courtesy of Classica Homes [@classicahomes].

I believe that it’s likely the U.S. will remain a nation of suburbs for some time to come. That will pose a continuing environmental challenge. But it will also bring a new set of opportunities for millennials, who are predicted to overtake baby boomers by next year as the largest generation in the country. How will that generation remake the suburbs to suit their needs and desires without exacerbating current environmental challenges? The answer has profound implications for the nature of cities and urban life in the U.S.

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Christopher Boone is Dean of the School of Sustainability, Arizona State University. His research contributes to ongoing debates in sustainable urbanization, environmental justice, vulnerability, and global environmental change. He is a scientist for the urban Long Term Ecological Research projects based in Baltimore and Phoenix and sits on the scientific steering committee for the Urbanization and Global Environmental Change project. He is an active contributor to Future Earth, an international initiative that aims to integrate the global environmental change community with a focus on sustainable outcomes. Boone serves on the Executive Committee of the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors. He is the author of two books on urban sustainability, City and Environment and Urbanization and Sustainability, and is the associate editor for the journals Frontiers in Ecology (Urban Ecology) and Current Research on Cities. He also serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Sustainable Development and Environment Justice. For Cambridge University Press, he is co-editor of the book series, New Directions in Sustainability and Society. At ASU, he has taught classes on sustainable urbanization, urban and environmental health, principles and methods of sustainability, environmental justice, interdisciplinary methods for socio-ecological research, and sustainable design (Innovation Space). This article was originally published on The Conversation.

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ARCHITECTURE LOOK TO THE STREETS, NOT THE SKY Te x t b y S e a n We i s s

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decade after the global economic collapse, urban development is booming. This is good news for architects. Indeed, 2018 was a favorable year for the profession: A spectacular array of sleek museums, posh hotels and some of the world’s tallest towers were slated for completion.

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In Los Angeles, the architecture firm KTGY is repurposing shipping containers to build a transitional apartment complex for the homeless.

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Rendering of the Greenpoint Library and Environmental Education Center in Brooklyn. Photo courtesy of Marble Fairbanks [@marblefairbanks].

But income inequality is on the rise in the gaining steam during the Great Recession. It’s United States, with many city dwellers reaping important to continue moving this work out few benefits from the current economic upturn. from under the shadows of the glossier buildings that tend to receive the most media attention. The same could be said for the colossal scale and visual theatrics of high-profile buildings. Three projects which began construction in 2018 Residential towers for the super rich are – a library in Brooklyn, a low-income housing transforming the skylines of cities and public project in Chicago and transitional housing spaces are increasingly being privatized. As a for the homeless in Los Angeles – demonstrate result, cities are being shaped according to the architecture’s unique power to build, sustain desires of the elite. and forge communities. FOSTERING LOCAL ACTIVISM In the popular imagination, cities are often associated with their biggest buildings and largest monuments. But the lifeblood of all cities is their small-scale civic buildings and public spaces: libraries, schools, community centers, parks and playgrounds. These places The architecture of social engagement – the idea are gathering spaces for residents; they create that buildings should address inequality and robust and enduring urban enclaves. improve the lives of all dwellers – first started This is particularly troublesome as many cities are also grappling with the ongoing politics of austerity – less and less investment in public services, infrastructure and public housing. Yet some architects have dedicated themselves to addressing these very problems.

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Rendering of the west view of the Greenpoint Library. Photo courtesy of Marble Fairbanks [@marblefairbanks].

A new building for the branch library in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood – the Greenpoint Library and Environmental Education Center – exemplifies public architecture’s ability to reflect the concerns of local communities. A massive oil spill that was discovered in 1978 wreaked havoc on Newtown Creek, the waterway bordering Greenpoint to the north. Because cleanup efforts are still ongoing, environmental activism remains a defining aspect of the community’s identity. Given this history, it’s no surprise that issues of environmental justice were important when it came time to rebuilding a larger library in Greenpoint, one of the more widely used branch libraries in the Brooklyn Public Library system.

features of a traditional library, from book stacks to reading rooms. But there are also meeting spaces being built for the expressed use of community activists and environmentalists, as well as an education center for environmental awareness – nods to the neighborhood’s history of environmental activism. It’s also being built according to the highest standards of green design, with plans to reduce the building’s air pollution, energy and water use. The building’s two green roofs, in addition to its public plaza, will be planted with species native to the region.

A grant from the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund, created through a settlement with Exxon Mobil over the spill, even paid for part of the new project. Collectively, the library’s design shows how at the local level, Designed by the architecture firm Marble environmental justice and social justice are Fairbanks, the two-story building has all the intertwined. HOME ELEVATED•EDITION 9 NO. 3•THEMILLMAGAZINE.COM

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Tierra Linda passive house in Chicago, IL by Landon Bone Baker Architects [@lbbarchitects]. Photo by Mark Ballogg [@balloggphoto].

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BEATING BACK THE TIDES OF GENTRIFICATION The same could be said of an affordable housing project built in the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago’s West Side. As important as public places, affordable housing helps create equitable and accessible cities. Dubbed Tierra Linda, the project is the result of Landon Bone Baker Architects’ ongoing work with the community-based organization Latin United Community Housing Association.

dramatically reduce energy use for heating and cooling.

Now complete, Tierra Linda created 12 smallscale housing projects scattered throughout the neighborhood. Most located on lots that were formerly vacant. While all of the buildings incorporate sustainable design practices, one of them is Chicago’s first affordable, multifamily passive house, which means that it’s designed to

By collaborating with the community as part of the design process, Landon Bone Baker Architects’ work in Humboldt Park underscores how neighborhood-focused projects can help sustain communities facing economic and social change.

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These affordable homes are part of a broader effort to maintain the vitality of the neighborhood’s Latino community, which, in recent years, has been threatened by gentrification. The Bloomingdale Trail – an elevated greenway running though Chicago’s Northwest Side – has caused real estate prices to rise in the area.


Tierra Linda passive house in Chicago, IL by Landon Bone Baker Architects [@lbbarchitects]. Photo by Mark Ballogg [@balloggphoto].

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Hope on Alvarado Housing Project in Los Angeles, CA. Photo courtesy of KTGY [@ktgygroup].

A SHIPPING CONTAINER AS A HOME? Affordable housing also has the capacity to build new communities. In Los Angeles’ Westlake neighborhood, the architecture firm KTGY is building Hope on Alvarado, a transitional apartment building for the homeless. (Hope on Alvarado is one of a number of similar housing projects in Los Angeles planned by developer Aedis Real Estate Group.)

homeless people. KTGY has plans to use recycled metal shipping containers as the primary units for what will be a five-story building organized around a central courtyard.

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Rendering of the interior of a unit in the Hope on Alvarado Housing Project in Los Angeles, CA. Photo courtesy of KTGY [@ktgygroup].

CITIES FOR EVERYONE Looking at how everyday buildings can strengthen communities and invigorate urban life is becoming increasingly important. Currently over half of the world’s population lives in cities, and urban populations are only expected to grow. Meanwhile, natural and manmade disasters are wreaking havoc on cities around the globe, another trend that promises to continue. With these challenges in mind, the smaller buildings highlighted in this article can help us understand architecture as a social art – a means to weave an urban fabric that creates lasting

social ties. They offer models for thinking about architectural design as a tool that addresses the needs of individual communities – lessons that cannot be learned from the slicker buildings that so often compete for our attention. After all, museums, hotels and towers do not alone make cities.

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Sean Weiss is the Assistant Professor of Architecture at City College of New York. He is an architectural and urban historian with a research focus on French architecture, city planning, and visual culture in the nineteenth century. He teaches courses on the global history of architecture, landscape architecture, and cities throughout time. He holds a B.A. from Vassar College and a Ph.D. in Art History from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. This article was originally published on The Conversation.

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Master bedroom project by Kelly Rogers Interiors [@kellymrogers]. Photographed by Michael J Lee [@michaeljleephotography].

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bloggers to learn more about what makes a bedroom or bathroom more inviting. They each have a unique style and successful blog on creating a beautiful home, so we asked them to dish on the details of a recent project and to share what they love most about the transformation. We hope you enjoy this showcase of bedroom and bathroom makeovers and explore more by following along on instagram. HOME ELEVATED•EDITION 9 NO. 3•THEMILLMAGAZINE.COM

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Master bedroom project by Kelly Rogers Interiors [@kellymrogers]. Photographed by Michael J Lee [@michaeljleephotography].

Kelly'sBedroom

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I am so pleased by how this ‘grand entrance’ to the master suite turned out. Whether or not you agree with putting a bed in front of a window in principle, it is really the best layout for this room. What a view when you walk in! And, adding purple grasscloth to the back of this existing built-in bookcase didn’t require much in the way of labor or materials, but it made a big impact. Kelly Rogers Interiors | interiorsforfamilies.com | @kellymrogers

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Marci'sBathroom

Watching my wallpaper installer hang this gorgeous wallpaper was the most rewarding and therapeutic experience, I just can’t even explain it. When you look at it, there is a three dimensional effect to it that makes it look so unique! It really has the most one of a kind texture and look about it that makes you want to spend hours staring at it!

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Lemons to Lovelys | lemonstolovelys.com | @lemonstolovelys

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Powder bath project by Lemons to Lovelys [@lemonstolovelys]. Photographed by Sarah Alleman [@sarahalleman].


Powder bath project by Laura Design Co [@lauradesignco]. Photographed by Ron McKinney [@ronmckinneyphoto].

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Laura'sBathroom

Once the walls were done, we installed the toilet! I know this is the part of the bathroom that's the least Pinterest worthy, but of all the things we did in here, this was the one I was the most excited about. Anyone who has potty trained toddlers without a bathroom on the main floor of their home knows EXACTLY what I'm talking about.

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Laura Design Co | lauradesignco.com | @lauradesignco

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Master bedroom project by and photo courtesy of Jenna Sue Design Co [@jennasuedesign].


Bathroom project by and photos courtesy of Shavonda Gardner of SG Style [@sgardnerstyle].

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Shavonda'sBathroom

This wallpaper couldn’t be more perfect. It's inspired by a vintage Valentino print and I’m obsessed with the circling leopards. To amp up the storage in here, we brought in a generous floating vanity, added a tall niche with shelves along the wall, and added storage niches in the shower and tub. One of my absolute favorite addtions to the space…the faucetry.

JennaSue'sBedroom

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SG Style | sgstyleblog.com | @sgardnerstyle

In the running for my favorite thing in the entire room...the floral sheets. Obsessed. This is the first apartment I’ve ever decorated, and while I did put some effort into making changes that I’ll have to switch back & take with me when we move… it was all worth it. Having a home you love is so important, no matter where you live, and it’s always worth the effort to make it your own. Jenna Sue Design Co | jennasuedesign.com | @jennasuedesign

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Master bedroom project by and photos courtesy of Angela of Unexpected Elegance [@unexpectedelegance].

Angela'sBedroom

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I love quote-art and found this simple magnetic board that I can either add photos to it or use it as stand-alone art. I wanted the walls and bedding to stay light and neutral, so I decided to bring in color with the rug. My office is downstairs and it can be a little difficult to work when everyone is out of school, so I added a makeup table and place to work during the summer.

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Unexpected Elegance | unexpectedelegance.com | @unexpectedelegance

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Monica'sBedroom

Our master bedroom was in dire need of some oomph, so I chose removable wallpaper called Bird Watching in black and gold. I adore the mirrors, they add sparkle and light to the nightstands against the dark accent wall. The double-shade brass and crystal lamp is a sleek addition, too. I love how the rectangular shade takes up less space, plus it has that boutique hotel vibe I was striving for.

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Monica Wants It | monicawantsit.com | @monicabenavidez

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Master bedroom project by and photo courtesy of Monica Benavidez of Monica Wants It [@monicabenavidez].


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