Built mostly with nuclear families in mind, New York’s housing stock falls short of addressing the needs of its increasingly diverse demographics — a topic we explored in depth in Making Room, a project of the Citizens Housing and Planning Council and the Architectural League. One of the solutions to this challenge currently generating a lot of discussion among designers, policy experts, developers, and academics are micro units — studios smaller than New York City regulations currently allow — considered one way to serve the needs of the city’s growing proportion of one- and two-person households. Last year, the City launched adAPT NYC, a design competition for a lot in Manhattan that will explore new ideas for micro-unit housing. Construction is planned for 2014.