Graham Hill, founder of Treehugger and a true believer that less is more, invites you to submit designs to Life Edited, a design competition for a 420sf apartment that embodies this philosophy and demonstrates how we can "radically reduce our urban footprint, while living better and saving money." Your proposal should be easily reproducible, encouraging others to follow suit.
Life Edited would like to see a transformable space furnished only with essentials and digitized media. The occupant should be set up to use access services like Netflix, Zipcar and Airbnb to support their lifestyle, instead of relying on ownership.
Graham has used his own 420sf apartment as a reference for what the space ought to support—not only the day-to-day life of a real occupant, but also a sit-down dinner for 12, a lounging option for 8, a space for 2 guests (with privacy), a home office, a work area with a rolling tool chest, and a hideable kitchen. Be sure to take a look at the requirements, both mandatory and suggested. It's a long list, including robot servants and telepresence technology (optional).
It's quite the challenge, and the prizes reflect that, from a $10,000 contract (plus an additional ten grand of straight-up cash) to the jury winner, another $10,000 to the community winner, and three $1,000 prizes to the honorable mentions, plus tons of "less stuff, richer experience" gear and week-long stays in the completed apartment. The competition is hosted on our favorite open-innovation platform jovoto, and supported by many sponsors—Cisco Systems, Resource Furniture and Green Depot among them.