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Are microcompact homes in your future?

  1. May 26, 2009 #1

    Ivan Seeking

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    http://www.microcompacthome.com/pics/start_1.jpg [Broken]

    http://www.microcompacthome.com/

    http://www.microcompacthome.com/company/
     
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  3. May 26, 2009 #2
    wow, those are really 2.6 meters across,
     
  4. May 26, 2009 #3

    Ivan Seeking

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    I hate to say it, but what I see is the potential future of low-income [permanent] housing.

    It reminds me of something from science fiction - a post-apocalyptic world where people live in shipping containers.
     
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  5. May 27, 2009 #4
    And cyberpunk dystopias where people live in sleep pods. They already have it going in Japan.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capsule_hotel
    638px-CapsuleHotel.jpg
     
  6. May 31, 2009 #5

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    I think those are called NYC apartments. :biggrin: Those "pods" in Japan remind me of kennels. Do you get a food dish and sipper bottle of water in them?

    I don't think it would be feasible for someone to live in a space that small for a long time. It would have to be more like just a private bedroom, but associated with a community with community amenities and opportunities to socialize, exercise, etc. Or do they squeeze a human-sized hamster wheel into those little cubes?

    The situation where I could see something like that being useful is to provide short-term housing for relief workers after a disaster or on a remote job site, where you're not really spending time in there, just need a space to eat and sleep. But then, trailers work just as well for that. If they aren't stackable, a trailer is just as good of a use of space, and when you don't need it in that location anymore, you just tow it away.
     
  7. Jun 2, 2009 #6

    Ivan Seeking

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    Oh, come on Moonbear, doesn't that look cozy?

    My first thought was the same as yours: Why is this different than living in a trailer? Then I checked the price.

    :bugeye:
     
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