Daniel Burnham said "Make no little plans", but he lived in Chicago where the rents are cheap, not New York, London or Tokyo. In those and other expensive cities, people trade space for location and live in very small spaces indeed. It takes clever design and some degree of compromise, but people seem to manage and even thrive. As Maxwell at Apartment Therapy says,
"A calm, healthy, beautiful home is a necessary foundation for happiness and success in the world. Creating this home doesn't require large amounts of money or space."
We look at a few in our slideshow.