By: Y Studios


Y Studios is a regular features contributor to WGSN, a London-based online design intelligence and research service for fashion and lifestyle industries. This is a special themed report commissioned by WGSN Homebuildlife.

For the first time in almost 15 years, the size of new homes being built in the United States is shrinking and suburban McMansions are making way for smaller homes in urban settings. More and more people are gravitating towards city centers and smart growth efforts in urban planning are in full swing all across America. This new lifestyle demand has huge implications and presents opportunities for architects, designers, home developers and manufacturers to create products and experiences that satisfy changing lifestyle needs.

This report was originally published on in July 2011.

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