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Ken Isaacs' Microdorm 2

In his 1974 book, "Build Your Own Living Structures," architect Ken Isaacs explains the origins of this kid-sized Living Structure, the Microdorm 2. In 1963, Isaacs was contacted by a University of Chicago child psychiatrist, who wanted to provide individual work/play/living/storage spaces for handicapped and disabled children in state institutions.


The resulting design was two 35 5/8" plywood cubes with storage spaces in one side, a private seat/study/play space inside with a collaborative desk surface, and a bed/lounge on top.


Surprisingly, state officials in Illinois didn't warm to the idea of building living cubes for all the kids, and the project was dropped.

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Taken on December 9, 2007