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From 2020 Expo to Micro-housing

Foster + Partners, BIG and Grimshaw each won opportunities to design a pavilion at the 2020 World Expo in Dubai. The trio beat out 10 other firms and will put their mark on the centerpiece of the Expo site. The pavilions will focusing on core themes of Mobility, Sustainability and Opportunity. According to Dezeen, each design must live on as functional landmarks after the Expo completes in 2021.

Adventure seeker. Tickets went on sale last week for a glass-enclosed slide perched 1,000 feet above downtown LA. The Skyslide — which extends from the 70th to 69th floor of the US Bank building — gives those who slide down it a unique view of LA. The 45 ft long slide made of clear glass, only 1.25 inches thick, leads sliders to California’s tallest open-air observation deck. My Modern Met reports that adrenaline junkies can start sliding on June 25.

Look up. Professor Sarah Kenderdine of the University of New South Wales created Look Up Mumbai by photographing 70 ceilings from iconic architecture in the city and projecting them onto a temporary structure called the DomeLab. As reported by CNN Style, the professor seeks to promote discussion on the use of technology as a preservation solution for architectural historians.

Downsizing. As more millennials enter the workforce and the housing market, views on urban lifestyle are evolving. With more emphasis on location over square footage, the micro-housing trend is spreading across the country. According to Curbed, average unit size across the country has fallen to 950 square feet, and finds its extreme at a size of only 350 square feet in San Francisco and New York.

Main Image Source: Dezeen

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