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This 330-square-foot apartment that can transform into 24 separate rooms sure seems like the future...

By Ezra Klein  |  April 30, 2010; 12:19 PM ET
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Anyone else think it's a little insulting when they put subtitles on people who are speaking English?

Posted by: armk | April 30, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

@armk: Yes, but is it more insulting to the viewer or to the speaker?

I think if they didn't put the subtitles on there'd be far more people complaining about how they cain't unnerstan' them goldurn furriners. Or something.

Posted by: VermilionSparrow | April 30, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

The guy's apartment sure is awesome, but it's really only "eco-friendly" by US standards. Mr. Cheng probably doesn't use less energy than the average Hong Kong person. Everybody there lives in a shoebox, and most of them haven't got as much money to turn their apartments into super-transforming wunderboxes. They just suck it up and deal.

Posted by: kea_ | May 1, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

I have a medium-sized sailboat, and I gotta tell you, I don't understand why transforming living spaces in densely populated areas like New York haven't happened yet. Boat designers (especially on narrow vessels like sailboats) have this down to a science, and it's really not as inconvenient as you might think. You use the living configuration most times.

Posted by: roquelaure_79 | May 1, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse

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