68 percent of the world’s population is projected to live in urban areas by 2050, according to a United Nations reportreleased in early 2018. That means we’re going to have to get a lot more creative with housing, packing lots more people into our cities and preserving our quality of life at the same time.
Of course, densely-populated cities — and micro-unit buildings — are nothing new. Ultra-compact urban housing has always been a less expensive option for people who need access to jobs and resources in big cities but can’t afford to live in larger houses or apartments. But as housing gets more expensive overall and larger units are subdivided into studios to help meet demand, more of us will have to learn how to downsize our lives.