Having your own piece of land is the American Dream. But as the population continues to grow, living in a house begins to seem more and more ecologically irresponsible. Apartments are more energy-efficient and reduce urban sprawl. Can you make these concrete complexes more attractive and environmentally friendly?

That's the idea behind CYAN/PDX, a "green living" apartment complex at 333 SW Harrison Street. The project has inspired such enthusiasm that Ian Johnson, the president of Edge Design, has volunteered to divide his time between his home in Corvallis and the wee 464.75 square foot showroom at CYAN through May. I went down there to check on how he was doing and see if tiny living was all it was cracked up to be.

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