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Here are some stories about micro-apartments - living in high density populations with limited urban real estate

Micro Apartments Are the Future of Urban Living
There’s a housing crisis in major American cities: it’s too damn expensive to live in one. In New York City, for example, there are many more single adults –representing a whopping 33 percent of the population– living alone than there are small, affordable apartments. And there’s not much sign of things improving soon. In response to these changing demographics, The Museum of the City of New York launched the exhibition Making Room: New Models for Housing New Yorkers to explore how design can reshape the city’s housing stock and reshape the way New Yorkers live.
Men and the Rise of Micro-Apartments
All of the units will have the basic essentials: bed, bathroom and micro-kitchen. The aesthetic is less exploited-Dubai-labor bunk than Star Trek living quarters.

There are cheaper options for big-city living — find roommates, live in the outer boroughs. But micro-apartments are such an obvious solution for young professionals who want to live in the heart of the city that it's a wonder it's taken so long for them to arrive.
One of America's Oldest Shopping Malls Converts to Micro-Apartments
Aside from the economic whupping of 2008–2009, a major casualty of the recession was space itself. Homeowners and businesses bled square footage, leaving behind a landscape of empty McMansions, vacated big-box stores, and now-famously abandoned shopping malls. Since then, many municipalities have been grappling with how to repopulate these spaces with more nimble, post-boom uses. Existing mall mashups pretty much stick to the public realm—like Cleveland’s indoor gardens and Vanderbilt’s health clinics—but this spring a shuttered shopping center in downtown Providence will be reborn in micro form, with two stories of micro-apartments above ground-floor micro-retail.
Lego-Style Tiny Apartment in Barcelona by Barbara Appolloni
Designed by Spanish architect Barbara Appolloni and located in Barcelona’s hip Born district, this tiny apartment is a former pigeon loft remodeled into a great bachelor pad.

The owner (a Barcelona-based photographer) says its design was inspired by the space-saving furniture aboard boats, as well as the clean lines of a small Japanese home.
A Tiny Apartment in Hong Kong Transforms into 24 Rooms
Gary Chang, an architect, designed his 344 square foot apartment in Hong Kong to be able to change into 24 different designs, all by just sliding panels and walls.
He calls this the “Domestic Transformer.”
Shocking Photos of Cramped Hong Kong Apartments
American cities recently have proposed 300-square-foot or smaller “micro” apartments, but 40 square feet already is the norm for some of the poorest residents in Hong Kong.
Michael Wolf: 100 x 100
Shek Kip Mei Estate, Hong Kong's oldest public housing estate, is composed of 100 rooms, each closet-like in size at only 100 square feet and built in response to a devastating fire in the 1950s that left thousands homeless. In a new series of photographs called "100 x 100," Michael Wolf captures the residents of this housing complex who are almost enveloped by the diminishing space around them, their belongings stacked to the ceiling.


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