Jury Chair's Choice

Cities such as London, Seattle, San Francisco and most urban centers globally are seeing an influx of young professionals. And yet, those urban centers are also becoming more expensive, causing people to seek smaller living spaces. While micro living meshes well with notions of sustainability, ORI, a startup out of MIT Media Lab, sought to tackle the question of how it could maximize a small 200- or 300-square-foot apartment. ORI developed robotic furniture and architecture that can transform itself with the touch of a button. Installed in studios or one-bedroom apartments, the ORI unit glides on magnetic actuators with a gentle push or remotely through the corresponding app. One ORI unit can turn a studio or one-bedroom apartment into a full-size bedroom, living room, office and closet, essentially tripling the usability of a small living space.

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