I’ve been following the news with interest lately, because there’s been so much coverage of the New York design contest for tiny apartments known as adAPT NYC, and so much speculation about how this is the way we’ll live from here on out. (We, in this context, appears to mean broke young people like myself who move to urban areas. I’m not sure Chapel Hill counts as an urban area…perhaps that’s why I no longer live in a tiny space, although I hope to again someday). For my part, I’m on board – I just can’t figure out why people are so flummoxed about it, and so frequently condescending about small space living. There’s a housing shortage, especially when it comes to affordable housing, in almost every urban area in the country, and yet the most sustainable thing to do is to live within the urban areas rather than in the suburbs. This is about more than aesthetics and comfort. This is, with very little hyperbole, about finding a way for us to survive as a species. How shall we live more sustainably? How shall we live packed in on top of each other like sardines, while preserving some green space? How shall we evolve beyond the two car garage and fenced back yard, which is (all together now) no longer tenable and must stop being the “American Dream”?
What followed Mr. Bloomberg’s announcement was a media frenzy of sorts. There was this snarky and not particularly helpful article on furnishing your tiny apartment, from someone who probably hasn’t lived in a tiny space (and who thinks those of you who do are freaks). There was this much better, more thoughtful article from the same paper’s CityRoom section, which described the motivations for moving to a tiny apartment as including simplicity and efficiency as well as necessity. There was much coverage, and several video tours, of the lovely apartment of Erin Boyle, who writes the gorgeous blog Reading My Tea Leaves.
Finally, there was an entire model apartment built out of paper by the mayor’s office to demonstrate the concept:
Tiny spaces were in the news before this announcement, of course. In June, there was Inhabitat’s coverage of five awesomely little studios. I am in love with this one, which I freely confess is my dream apartment:
(Photo from inhabitat.com. Click photo to see full article; see more photos of apartment here).
It does seem, though, that tiny apartments are now giving tiny houses a run for their media coverage, and I’m glad to see it, as I think both are valid and viable options…but my own tastes run strongly toward apartment living! What do you guys think about all of this?