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Eco Design Apartment Challenge

Eco Design Apartment Challenge

What kind of home do you live in? Living in a cluttered environment with no space can be damaging to our mood and health, but bigger homes and houses generally require more energy, materials, and land.

On average, 80 percent of our carbon footprint is related to the buildings we inhabit according to Graham Hill, founder of and VP of Planet Green. To help buck the “bigger is better” trend and reduce the carbon footprint, Hill created a contest for eco-innovation. For a grand prize of 70,000 dollars, Hill’s challenging designers to create the most space-efficient and stylish apartment, that he will live in once it’s created in New York.

The challenge: design a 420-square-foot apartment that can accommodate a sit-down dinner for 12, two overnight guests, comfortable lounging for eight, a home office, work area, bed, shower, and place to store a bike. The submissions will be judged by a panel of architects.

The submission period runs until January 10, and a winner will be announced ten days later. If you’re interested in submitting, head over to

I’m in awe of seeing what designers and architects can do with space (one of the most impressive homes I’ve seen is this 330-square-food apartment which can be transformed into 24 different rooms!), so I look forward to seeing the submissions and getting inspired to make my living area more space-efficient.

What do you think? Is it possible to feel happy and free in a tiny space? Are you interested in downsizing your living space anytime soon?

Related Links:
Finding Fulfillment in a 12 x 12 House
Tiny Houses Create More Freedom

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Megan Zehnder

Megan is an editor and producer for Care2's Healthy Living. Her main priorities are to live simply and build meaningful relationships with the people in her life. She loves to write and talk about environmental issues, healthy living, and women's rights. Beyond that, her interests change daily, but eating and cooking vegetarian food is always a favorite.


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3:04AM PST on Feb 15, 2013

This challenge is worth taking

2:31PM PDT on Aug 26, 2012


9:35AM PDT on Aug 25, 2012

If this article was written in 2010, I assume the contest is over. Where do I find the results?

5:56PM PDT on Jul 30, 2012

Thank you for sharing!

5:56PM PDT on Jul 30, 2012

Thank you for sharing!

5:55PM PDT on Jul 30, 2012

Thank you for sharing!

5:54PM PDT on Jul 30, 2012

Thank you for sharing!

8:11AM PDT on Jun 25, 2012

thanks for this article!

10:44PM PDT on Jun 15, 2012


12:31AM PDT on May 1, 2012

Thanks for sharing

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