As Americans we live like we do less with more. For example, we have big homes full of stuff that we don't use. We drive big cars, that consume lots of gas but can go two times faster then the speed limit. We have had the luxury of living during a time of abundance for the last several decades. Although as the world is quickly approaching 9 billion people, we have to learn how to do more with less.
Below are some videos of creative geniuses that have converted small living areas into a compact cozy living spaces.
Lego-style apartment transforms into infinite spaces
A 24 square meter (258 square feet) apartment looks like an empty cube. To use a piece of furniture, he has to build it.
A tour of the Cube University of Hertfordshirt has created a 3x3x3m eco-home in which one person can live with a minimum impact on the environment. from Edinburgh International Science Festival, April 2011.
A Tiny Apartment Transforms Into 24 Rooms
This tiny 330 square foot apartment in Hong Kong, transforms into 24 different rooms.
Less stuff, more happiness
Can having less stuff, in less room, lead to more happiness? He makes the case for taking up less space, and lays out three rules for editing your life.
6 rooms into 1: morphing apartment packs 1100 sq ft into 420
Video description from YouTube: "When we first met Graham Hill he'd spent most of the year living in tiny spaces- "a tiny trailer, a tent, and then a boat" and he was convinced others would love it as much if small spaces could be designed right. In 2010, we met Graham Hill- the founder of treehugger.com and a serial entrepreneur. He had just bought two tiny apartments in a century-old tenement building in Soho and he had plans to turn them into laboratories, and showcases, for tiny living.
He wanted a tiny space that didn't sacrifice function, but instead that would expand to provide a wish list including dinner parties for 12, accommodations for 2 overnight guests, a home office and a home theater with digital projector. Not wanting to limit himself to local architects, he crowdsourced the design as a competition and received 300 entries from all over the world. Two Romanian architecture students won with their design "One Size Fits All".
Completed in 2012, his LifeEdited apartment doesn't resemble the cramped space we saw in 2010. Today the 420-square-foot space can be expanded to include the functionality of 1,100 square feet: walls, drawers and beds move and unfold to create 6 rooms: living room, dining room, office, guest office, master bedroom and guest bedroom. If you include the kitchen and the bathroom which morphs into a phone booth or meditation room, the apartment includes 10 total rooms."