Despite the affordability crisis in Vancouver, the city doesn’t currently zone for “tiny” homes–self-contained houses with 100 to 500 sq. ft. of floor space–as a solution for the affordable housing crisis. Only social housing or Downtown Eastside rentals are allowed to come under 400 sq. ft. per unit. But Aprodicio Laquian, a professor emeritus at UBC’s Centre for Human Settlements, says clever design can make even tiny spaces livable, and he cites Hong Kong flats as an example of space-maximizing design.