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by Kerry Gold in The Globe and Mail ,posted September 27, 2011



[Editor's  note: Thanks to Janet Corne's mother, Irene Corne for bringing this article to my attention. This article was in the  Globe and Mail recently.My first thought on reading it was: Could this be marketed in  Israel especially, as part of  its solution to the housing problems which were one of the reasons that 400,000 peopel gathered to protest in Social Justice demonstrations?]






by Kerry Gold, [Globe and Mail] 

Forget the laneway house and its 500 sq. ft. of living space.

That size house is huge compared to something called the L41 — a house that measures in at a mere 220 sq. ft.
It’s designed for one occupant, and if its innovators have their way, it will house the renter, the retiree, the student, the homeless, the first time buyer, or the person who simply chooses to live small.
It’s the creation of architect and urban planner Michael Katz, and artist and designer Janet Corne, who created the L41 in time for the Winter Olympics, where it was displayed on the Concord Pacific site in downtown Vancouver. Today, the demonstration model sits in the parking lot at 550 Great Northern Way, nestled in a university campus among trees and shrubs that hide a major thoroughfare.
The house is called L41 because it rhymes with “all for one,” and infers “one for all,” which is the egalitarian philosophy behind it.

“This is what I call sub compact,” says Mr. Katz. “We concluded that to make a house affordable, we had to make it small, which is simple logic — The question was, how small?

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