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Sometimes big things come in small packages.

That’s the idea behind “MicroDwell 2014,” the second installment of an architectural exhibition dedicated to tiny spaces. The collection features nearly a dozen designs. Each must be less than 600 square feet, tending to hover closer to 200, self-contained, and portable. Created by Patrick McCue, whose own contribution is a 1920s steam-shovel-turned-pizza-oven, “MicroDwell” hopes to influence both designers and homeowners about the economic and sustainable advantages of less-is-more housing.

The builders and volunteers -- who range from architects to third-year design students -- will be on-hand from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each weekend through Sunday, March 23, to answer questions and discuss their dwellings with the public.

See the world in miniature by appointment from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 27, at the Shemer Art Center, 5005 East Camelback Road. Admission is $5. Visit or for more.

Thu., Feb. 13, 7-9 p.m.; Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Starts: Feb. 13. Continues through March 23, 2014


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