So just a few days ago I did a post on Japan’s new coffin apartments that are so small, you can’t even stand up in them, but rent for $600 a month! Today I ran across another post about Hong Kong’s urban density. The United States has a density of 88 people per square mile, while Hong Kong has 16,568 people per square mile!
It shows what an urban dense future could look like and allows us to understand what that would mean, more importantly hopefully perused us to keep an eye on our population growth.
These photos almost have an artistic quality to them, but then your realize people live in these.
I found this story over at CNN, its about cage homes in Hong Kong. If you haven’t heard about these, they are essentially bunkbeds that are sealed off with cage wire so that people can lock them when they aren’t there. They are the size of a single bed and are about 4 feet tall for each “unit”. You have to share a bathroom with everyone, but the kicker is this, guess how much it costs for one of these in Hong Kong? $167 a month!
There has been recent outcry about the deplorable living conditions which a large number of people live in. Above is a photo of one of these cage homes that was used in an art exhibit to raise awareness of the growing trend. Among the cage homes, cubical farms have been cropping up where people pay to live in, about the same rate. In a city where houses have sold as much as $9,200 per square foot, no wonder why people go to these extremes. The questions is, what is the solution? With such densely populated urban centers, space is getting less and less accessible.