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From Shard to shoebox: Renzo Piano does micro-housing

• Mother Nature
Now, it appears we can officially add a bona fide starchitect in the form of Renzo Piano to the tiny house-loving fray with the introduction of a prototype tiny house dubbed Diogene. Named after the Greek philosopher/proto-minimalist/human stray dog who eschewed the luxurious trappings of conventional society by opting to live in a giant ceramic jar and eat nothing but raw onions, this aluminum-clad wooden hut clocks in at a mere 42-square-feet but is positively gigantic when it comes to the concept.
Pritzker Prize-winning Piano, 75, burst onto the architecture scene in the late 1970s with Paris' controversial, inside-out-looking Centre Georges de Pompidou and in the very active years since has become best known for his attention-grabbing skyscrapers (London’s the Shard, the New York Times Building) and museum expansions (the Art Institute of Chicago, Atlanta’s High Museum).

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