'nARCHITECTS' recently unveiled a number of tiny apartments that provide affordable housing in New York City. In dense urban areas, a lack of space means that rental costs continue to rise. These prefab apartments demonstrate one solution for fighting rising rents in cities like New York.
The 'My Micro New York' project is a micro apartment building that houses 55 prefab units. Although the city's regulated minimum apartment size is about 400 square feet, these tiny apartment buildings are far smaller. In order to build the apartment, the architects had to convince city officials to wave standard regulations. By successfully convincing city officials to let developers go ahead with construction, the architects demonstrated the desperate need for more affordable housing in the city.
The result of the project is greater choice for New Yorkers when it comes to afforable housing. In turn, the project could set a precedent for other cities struggling with rising rental costs.