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Why and Where Micro-Apartments Are Going Up Might Surprise You

New York, San Francisco, Vancouver and, to a lesser extent, Seattle, DC, Boston and LA are logical places for micro-housing. These cities are very or fairly dense, they have high property values in many spots and have infrastructures that support micro-housing–i.e. decent public transportation systems, strong economies, walkable neighborhoods, etc (yes, LA might be a stretch). But micro-housing is no longer limited to high-density cities with extreme property values. All

5 Trends That Will Shape The Future Of Tiny Housing

Cities and renters are starting to accept apartments that are just 350 square feet. Here’s what the future of micro-housing holds. The American dream of a household with 2.5 children, a dog, and a two-car garage is no longer the norm: people are staying single longer, having children later, and opting out of living in the suburbs in favor of moving downtown, as researchers have found. In response to these

10 Japanese Micro Homes That Redefine Living Small

If you listen to the architect Kengo Kuma, the craze for kyosho jutaku, that distinctly Japanese variant of the micro home, started in the thirteenth century, when the poet Kamo no Chomei penned an essay about the joys of living in a shack called An Account of My Hut. Contemporaneously speaking, though, micro homes became a thing in the 1990s, when rising real estate prices and a nagging recession spurred

Efficiency, Studio, Micro Apartment – What’s the Difference?

Today it seems like going small in the biggest trend in apartments. In some cities like New York and San Francisco where space is limited it’s somewhat of a necessity, and in other cities like Austin, officials are now considering how small apartments can address the issues of affordability and handling the influx of new residents. As a result you’re probably noticing a lot of tiny terminology in the apartment

Tiny modern house squeezes a lot of living into 136 square feet

  © Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses Many of the tiny houses we show on TreeHugger have a decidedly traditional look, with gabled roofs and cutesy details. For some people, that’s the definition of “home.” But it never made a lot of sense; most tiny homes have lofts and gable lofts make lousy sleeping areas, your head is rarely at the highest part. They have lousy aerodynamics when you are taking

10 Japanese Micro Homes That Redefine Living Small

If you listen to the architect Kengo Kuma, the craze for kyosho jutaku, that distinctly Japanese variant of the micro home, started in the thirteenth century, when the poet Kamo no Chomei penned an essay about the joys of living in a shack called An Account of My Hut. Contemporaneously speaking, though, micro homes became a thing in the 1990s, when rising real estate prices and a nagging recession spurred

Seattle has highest number of tiny apartments in U.S.

The U.S. city of Seattle now boasts the highest number of micro-housing apartments in the U.S. The smallest units are around 21 square meters (226 square feet), about the size of two prison cells. While the concept isn’t new in densely populated cities such as Hong Kong, it’s a trend many developers believe will pay of well. CCTV America’s Chris Casquejo reported this story from Seattle. For Seattle residents like

An 87-Square-Foot Apartment in Paris by Studio Kitoko

This tiny apartment in Paris recently refurbished in order to transform the space into a habitable living area. The redesign was carried out byStudio Kitoko, who have compared the apartment to a Swiss Army Knife due to its ability to hold and conceal a variety of different furnishings. According to Studio Kitoko, the inventive design solutions featured in the tiny apartment are a “game of sliding and folding, it can

Homes Inspired by Cargotecture

  Homebox While shipping containers are great for building affordable and comfortable homes quickly, not all architects are quite sold on their benefits. Many, however, still find the basic shape a great inspiration for designing their homes. Below are a few shipping container inspired homes, which are not actually built out of shipping containers. But some of them, nonetheless, do use very innovative building blocks. Homebox was designed by the