[Image: A set of gifs showing a white man along with other people inside a micro apartment where things fold into walls or adjust to save space. The captions read: What if 200 ft squared could be 3x larger? It’s possible when a gesture can transform…a large bedroom…into fully equipped office…or a dining room for six friends…or a comfortable living room…What if you could double the size of your bathroom…or extend your counter space…or adjust lighting with apps from your phone]
See all of the functionality of this amazing home unit here.
(Developed by MIT Media Lab)
ok honestly who actually needs stuff like this except rich white people
Um, oh, I dunno, people in ridiculously densely populated Asian cities like Hong Kong?
Seriously, there’s a time and a place for discussions like that, but this comment is practically too silly for words.
Ignoring the lighting app, well-designed convertible spaces are being proposed in many high-density, high-land value areas, including New York and San Francisco. The idea is to create apartments with necessary living features in a smaller space, reducing cost. However, small living spaces are psychologically distressful and have added stress from constantly reconfiguring your apartment. Might be great for able-bodied 20-somethings, not so great for anyone older, disabled, or with a family.
The people who would benefit most from this style of living, at least in the US, are wealthy 20-something tech workers. At least, until micro-apartments become the norm and rents rise to compensate. In the end, renters are still getting screwed, even the rich ones.
Can I also mention that if you are a fat person (like me) some of this could get uncomfortable on a daily basis. Fuck all the commenters who are going to say “haha you’re too fat to live in an apartment” and what not. That dining room for six friends is comfortable about until you’re a US size 22/24 by the looks of it.
I guess I object to the virtues of such living being extolled by a thin white dude who gets to take up as much space as he wants EVERYWHERE ELSE IN LIFE and doing it on the assumption that we’ve all been living in huge sprawling condos before this. Like a lot of people haven’t been doing the micro-living thing by virtue of being forced into tiny, tiny apartments because rent was too high elsewhere.
Because when lower income people are doing this shit as a matter of course, it’s somehow a sign that they’ve failed. When a white guy with an app does it, well, it’s cool and modern and a great way to “save space”.
My annoyance isn’t so much with the idea of the small apartment, it’s that as the commenter said above, MILLIONS UPON MILLIONS were doing this way before this white dude added some ridiculous lighting and acted like he just discovered this was a thing.
So this annoys me because ppl in Hong Kong and other densely populated parts of Asia have been using this sort of thing for quite a while now but this white guy is totes columbusing it.