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While Swedish students may not have to worry about the same tuition bills as their American counterparts enrolled in private colleges, they do have to contend with a small scale housing crisis. A growing number of students are priced out of conventional apartments. So the architects at Tengbom are testing a housing system at Lund University that would reduce each apartment to just over 100 square feet. The studios have 13 foot ceilings and multiple windows to counteract the small footprint, and use lightly colored sustainable wood as a primary building material. The houses are completely independent from one another, but the plan is to build clusters of about 22 units for a kind of modified communal living. [images via Bertil Hertzberg]

The idea is still in the testing phase, but a model of the house concept is on display now at Virserums Konsthall.






We look at dozens of online portfolios every day, so we can say with confidence that the mistakes illustrated in Alex Cornell's Worst Portfolio Ever project are worth avoiding. His critiques range from skipping a self-indulgent and vague bio paragraph, to eagerly leading visitors away from your work to endless social media channels. The project is sarcastic, but the accompanying blog entry on his companion site, is an essential read for any "23 year old designer/thinker living and making in sunny San Francisco" with a website.