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Cramped: The urban (lack of) space race

25 July 2014

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Housing in New York may become smaller than it already is after Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a pilot project this week not for flats but “micro units”.

In many cities, the problem for planners is stark: the rise of solo living and smaller families has created huge demand for small, affordable flats in cities that are running out of space. 

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Discussion starters

  • Characteristics of technology: Use this and other examples to describe how societal and/or environmental issues can influence what people decided to make, how they would undertake planning, the selection of resources, and how they would make and test an outcome. (level 3) Discuss examples to illustrate how socio-cultural factors influence technology and in turn technology influences socio-cultural factors in complex and ongoing ways. (level 7)
  • Brief development: Use this and other examples to communicate the outcome to be produced and identify attributes for an outcome. (level 1) Identify a need or opportunity relevant to the selected issue and establish a conceptual statement that justifies the nature of the outcome and why such an outcome should be developed with reference to the issue it is addressing. (level 7)


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Keywords: housing, resistant materials, characteristics of technology, brief development

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