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For 2 weeks, U Street storefront will be artist's tiny home

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    John Schriffen, NBCWashington
    Andrew Wodzianski

    For the next two weeks, artist Andrew Wodzianski will call a storefront home.

    In the 1300 block of U Street NW, he’ll be eating, entertaining and sleeping in a 100-square-foot cube --  a living, breathing art exhibit called "Pop-Up Living."

    Living in a Cube

    [DC] Living in a Cube
    An artist in D.C. is living in a 10-by-10 cube behind a U Street storefront to make a point about green living. He'll eat, sleep and entertain there, while you watch. (Published Monday, Apr 19, 2010)

    “So far so good,” Wodzianski said Monday. “U Street is a remarkably diverse and dynamic scene, and it changes by the hour.”
     
    The open space inside the cube can be transformed into a living room with a pop-up sofa, a dining room with a pull-out table, and a bedroom fitting Wodzianksi’s 6-foot-5-inch frame, even with a little privacy.
     
    “With the idea of condensed urban living, we need to do more with less resources,” said Wodzianski.
     
    The artist calls this project a metaphor for the future of U Street. A property developer, an architect and a non-profit group all teamed up to make this possible and hopefully make people reassess their own living spaces.
     
    “For instance a living room for someone in a big suburban home, that’s probably used a minor percentage of the time,” said Brian Pilot, Associate Principal of Studios Architecture. “Can they live with less that’s better designed in a way that takes up less space?”
     
    Wodzianski and his cube will be on display until May 1. Passers-by are not allowed inside, they can only look in from the street.