For people living in the west, it’s hard to imagine anyone living in an apartment this small. We think a small New York loft cleverly designed to make use of all its 200 square feet is impressive and maybe even attractive… but how about these cramped apartments in Hong Kong? Many of us have closets this size. [Read more...]
All around the world there are many “unique” places to call home. Some people live in caves, sailboats, and apartments 7000 feet above sea level. As one travels across the planet, one sees the nearly unlimited range of places people call home. As one travels across the Internet, one can discover some of the most crazy examples out there. [Read more...]
Ever since seeing The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and now the new Hobbit movie, people have wanted Hobbit homes. It’s hard to imagine a dwelling with more natural cozy appeal than the little homes from J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic novels. Round front doors, low ceilings, and curved woodworking galore; these places blend in with their natural surroundings, providing a place many people would be seriously happy to come home to. Now architect Peter Archer has created a Hobbit inspired home for life-long J.R.R. Tolkien fans in Pennsylvania, one which channels the beauty and spirit of the low-set homes, while providing a practical space to enjoy. [Read more...]
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The unusual photographic work of German photographer Michael H. Rohde gives us a highly unique perspective of the indoor world… from the floor up. As if you’d laid down on the floor of a home and slowly sunk into the floor, his images capture rooms “From Below,” as the series is titled. His images are disorientating in their unusual viewpoint, making our eyes struggle to make sense of a rarely seen perspective. [Read more...]
Architecture, by its very nature, is grounded. Not so the strange flying buildings of Paris based artist Laurent Chehere. His series Flying Houses sees the rectangular structures take off, leaving their terrestrial domain to soar in the clouded skies above. The photo-manipulated images serve to feed Chehere’s interest in architecture, lifting it off its normal realm and showing off its hidden beauty. His work cuts away all the normal clutter, removes the anonymity of a normal house so that we can appreciate it as an individual unit. [Read more...]
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With the Census now complete and the counts for each state finalized, now is the time to divide the seats in the House of Representatives among the 50 states. In a process called apportionment, the seats are divided based on the population figures from each state. Through the animation below, the U.S. Census Bureau explains how apportionment works and how the apportionment formula is applied to ensure equal representation for all, just as the constitution originally dictated.
Growing alongside the US population, which currently sits at 308,745,538 people, the number of seats in the House has increased from 65 Representatives in 1787 to it’s current number of 435, set in 1913.
To view the history of apportionment and population through the last century, be sure to check out the highly detailed interactive map widget after the video.