This is part of an ongoing series on ideas from , a project by the Forum for Urban Design. Previous articles include Planes, Trains and (fewer) Automobiles: Transportation Ideas  and 40 Ideas That Could Transform New York.

In the last decade New Yorkers have witnessed the transformative power of Urban Design at a scale never seen before. Through an unprecedented emphasis on the creation of public spaces and development, Mayor Bloomberg engineered the physical, economic and cultural transformation of the city.


3-microapartment-museum of the city of new york-nyc-untapped cities-wesley yiinAn entire apartment is contained in this little block!

How would you fare living in an apartment of just 325 square feet? Most of us cringe at the thought, but the “Making Room” exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York has been attempting to show that it is possible and actually quite comfortable.


Future of Home living PSFK Untapped Cities

With the first prefabricated apartment in NYC going and city-sponsored micro-apartment competitions, New York City is actively examining the changing landscape of urban living. Presented by PSFK.com in a residential building in Chelsea, The Future of Home Living pop-up exhibition displays over 70 innovative products and designs that could potentially transform how we live in the city. And it looks like things are going to become more customizable, more efficient and more sustainable.


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The Stack is New York City’s first prefabricated apartment and it’s rising away from the real estate fray in Inwood. Nonetheless, people are watching it closely as it could be the sign of things to come. The winning design of the 2012 city challenge, adAPT NYC, will be built using pre-fabricated modules assembled on the Brooklyn Navy Yard by 2015. Forest City Ratner will use modular construction for its first residential building in Atlantic Yards.