There's room for design in even the most compact of homes

Confined living spaces are not just an urban phenomenon – people also have to make do with very little space in mountain or beach huts and need smart space-saving solutions. The small format edition of "Small Architecture" recently published by Taschen Verlag shows what these solutions actually look like. In this book, Philip Jodidio proves that small spaces can also offer scope for grand architecture and groundbreaking design. Ken Crosson's "Hut on Sleds", a beach hut in New Zealand, impresses with luxury on just a few square metres.  The Japanese architect Kota Mizuishi has performed a miracle. On a plot measuring a measly 52 square metres, he has created the "Riverside House", which offers enough space for a family of three. And in the hilly landscape of Ensenada in Mexico, Jorge Garcia has built designer cabins for a hotel that offer luxury yet also blend in beautifully with the surrounding countryside. As different as these three examples are – all of them show that a living space does not necessarily have to be generously-sized to be comfortable. And all of them would hardly have been possible without the interiors designed to make optimum use of the available space.

Self-organised urbanisation

The UN defines megacities as cities where more than 10 million people live. There are currently 36 such mega-conurbations, with a total population figure of half a billion people. In his article "The megacity architects", Tobias Landwehr explains why these megacities are emerging especially in newly developing countries. The architects the title refers to are often the inhabitants themselves: the municipal authorities cannot keep up with the rapid growth; the inhabitants therefore live where they can. This results in uncontrolled building and the creation of favelas or townships, districts "whose names embody municipal mismanagement". However, the author maintains that there is also a positive side to this: innovative ideas for a new urban landscape often come directly from the slums. The saying "necessity is the mother of invention" also applies to autonomous architecture. Tobias Landwehr interviewed various researchers and the city planners and architects from the "Urban Think Tank (U-TT)". In his book, he outlines projects that improve the quality of life in these informal settlements. They focus primarily on the basic needs, which can often be met by surprisingly simple means by those concerned themselves. They include refrigeration systems, self-sufficiency, access to the official employment markets, safety. And of course also the living spaces themselves and how they are used. In keeping with the motto: creating homes worth living in, for everyone, all over the world.

Preview interzum 2017

Vauth-Sagel presents – a MAXXimum of innovativeness sat the interzum 2017. New logo, new design, new brand strategy and the new CORNERSTONE MAXX. This unique corner unit system will be launched at the interzum and offers everyone MAXXimum performance from all angles.
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Company founder celebrates 80th birthday

Successful businessman and sponsor Heinrich Sagel celebrates his 80th birthday on 9 February 2017. The Vauth-Sagel Group is one of his greatest achievements.
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Vauth-Sagel opens showrooms in Hong Kong, Moscow and Istanbul

Vauth-Sagel is one of the internationally leading companies when it comes to innovative storage systems for the kitchen and furniture industry. In order to also increase its international market share over the next few years, the company is opening showrooms in key target markets. It is making a start with showrooms in Hong Kong, Moscow and Istanbul that will be future forums for the dialogue with customers, architects, designers and journalists.
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