With the population and rents expected to keep climbing, New York City planners are challenging architects to design comfortable apartments from 350 square feet to as small as 250 square feet, the Associated Press is reporting.  The city wants to incorporate those designs into an apartment complex to be built on Manhattan’s east side next year. The aim is to offer more “micro units” throughout the city as affordable options for the young singles, cash-poor and empty nesters who are increasingly edged out of the expensive real-estate market.

Many cities, including San Francisco, Tokyo and Hong Kong already endorse the  smaller living concept. As a way to get New Yorkers to think small, the Museum of the City of New York is opening an exhibit featuring a fully furnished 325-square-foot studio apartment that incorporates the latest space-saving designs.

New York City extols virtues of tiny apartments