Tiny living spaces

A peek inside cramped and crowded homes.

Eric Wong, managing director of a capsule bed manufacturer, poses in a modified capsule bed inside a showroom in Hong Kong January 7, 2012. The beds, which are modified for the Hong Kong market, have adjustable ceilings, a larger air conditioner and a TV. They are aimed at university students and budget mainland Chinese travelers visiting the territory and will cost $450 a month or $30 a night, according to the manufacturer.
Tiny living spaces
Eric Wong, managing director of a capsule bed manufacturer, poses in a modified capsule bed inside a showroom in Hong Kong January 7, 2012. The beds, which are modified for the Hong Kong market, have adjustable ceilings, a larger air conditioner and a TV. They are aimed at university students and budget mainland Chinese travelers visiting the territory and will cost $450 a month or $30 a night, according to the manufacturer.
Tracy Burger, 45, washes dishes in a bathroom sink in a converted garage in Los Angeles, California December 18, 2011. Tracy and his wife Elizabeth, 43, lost their apartment in 2009 after both losing their jobs with combined earnings of $100,000 a year. They were forced to sell most of their possessions and live in a motel before moving into Elizabeth's mother's garage with their son Dylan, 8, in March 2011.
Tiny living spaces
Tracy Burger, 45, washes dishes in a bathroom sink in a converted garage in Los Angeles, California December 18, 2011. Tracy and his wife Elizabeth, 43, lost their apartment in 2009 after both losing their jobs with combined earnings of $100,000 a year. They were forced to sell most of their possessions and live in a motel before moving into Elizabeth's mother's garage with their son Dylan, 8, in March 2011.
A man sits inside his "cubicle" home, one of the 19 24-square feet units inside a 600 square foot residential apartment complex in Hong Kong September 16, 2009. The Hong Kong government estimates that about 100,000 people live in similar "cubicle" units, which cost an average monthly rental rate of $150, in one of the world's largest financial hubs, according to the Society for Community Organization, an NGO which helps those in need.
Tiny living spaces
A man sits inside his "cubicle" home, one of the 19 24-square feet units inside a 600 square foot residential apartment complex in Hong Kong September 16, 2009. The Hong Kong government estimates that about 100,000 people live in similar "cubicle" units, which cost an average monthly rental rate of $150, in one of the world's largest financial hubs, according to the Society for Community Organization, an NGO which helps those in need.
Ng, a 60-year-old man, poses for photos in his 60-square-feet (5.6-square-meters) subdivided flat inside an industrial building in Hong Kong January 19, 2012. Ng pays a monthly rent of HK$1,250 ($161) for the flat. A total of 38 residents staged an ongoing protest against the government's decision urging them to leave due to illegal subdivision in the industrial building for residential purposes, without providing them a place to stay, according to a local newspaper. Amid a slumping property market, Hong Kong is still one of the most expensive cities for buying flats.
Tiny living spaces
Ng, a 60-year-old man, poses for photos in his 60-square-feet (5.6-square-meters) subdivided flat inside an industrial building in Hong Kong January 19, 2012. Ng pays a monthly rent of HK$1,250 ($161) for the flat. A total of 38 residents staged an ongoing protest against the government's decision urging them to leave due to illegal subdivision in the industrial building for residential purposes, without providing them a place to stay, according to a local newspaper. Amid a slumping property market, Hong Kong is still one of the most expensive cities for buying flats.
A man climbs up his "cubicle" home, one of the 19 24-square feet units inside a 600 square foot residential apartment complex in Hong Kong September 16, 2009. The Hong Kong government estimates that about 100,000 people live in similar "cubicle" units, which cost an average monthly rental rate of $150, in one of the world's largest financial hubs, according to the Society for Community Organization, an NGO which helps those in need.
Tiny living spaces
A man climbs up his "cubicle" home, one of the 19 24-square feet units inside a 600 square foot residential apartment complex in Hong Kong September 16, 2009. The Hong Kong government estimates that about 100,000 people live in similar "cubicle" units, which cost an average monthly rental rate of $150, in one of the world's largest financial hubs, according to the Society for Community Organization, an NGO which helps those in need.
A man is seen through windows as he watches television on his bed in a scrapped vehicle which serves as his dwelling, at a dismantling centre for old vehicles on the outskirts of Hefei, Anhui province April 12, 2011. Seven families in the center, with ages from 4 to 84, dismantle old cars as their livelihood during the day and live in renovated scrapped vehicles during the night, local media reported.
Tiny living spaces
A man is seen through windows as he watches television on his bed in a scrapped vehicle which serves as his dwelling, at a dismantling centre for old vehicles on the outskirts of Hefei, Anhui province April 12, 2011. Seven families in the center, with ages from 4 to 84, dismantle old cars as their livelihood during the day and live in renovated scrapped vehicles during the night, local media reported.
Residents have dinner in a renovated scrapped vehicle which serves as their dwelling, at a dismantling centre for old vehicles on the outskirts of Hefei, Anhui province, China, April 12, 2011. Seven families in the center, with ages from 4 to 84, dismantle old cars as their livelihood during the day and live in renovated scrapped vehicles during the night, local media reported.
Tiny living spaces
Residents have dinner in a renovated scrapped vehicle which serves as their dwelling, at a dismantling centre for old vehicles on the outskirts of Hefei, Anhui province, China, April 12, 2011. Seven families in the center, with ages from 4 to 84, dismantle old cars as their livelihood during the day and live in renovated scrapped vehicles during the night, local media reported.
A comb tied with a rope is pictured inside a one room dwelling in a residential area in Mumbai October 5, 2011. Ten migrant workers who pay a monthly rent of 6,000 rupees ($123) live in a 4.5 x 3 meters (15 x 10 ft.) room. All the occupants who come from the same district of the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh are in Mumbai for better job opportunities and work as taxi drivers and manual laborers. According to a 2011 census conducted by the government of India, the population of Mumbai is more than 12 million and there is estimated to be about 20,482 persons per square kilometer.
Tiny living spaces
A comb tied with a rope is pictured inside a one room dwelling in a residential area in Mumbai October 5, 2011. Ten migrant workers who pay a monthly rent of 6,000 rupees ($123) live in a 4.5 x 3 meters (15 x 10 ft.) room. All the occupants who come from the same district of the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh are in Mumbai for better job opportunities and work as taxi drivers and manual laborers. According to a 2011 census conducted by the government of India, the population of Mumbai is more than 12 million and there is estimated to be about 20,482 persons per square kilometer.

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