Monday, 20. May 2013 - 17:05
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City councillors in Vienna have unveiled plans to create smart flats which like smart cars are compact, stylish and cheap to run.
The concept was unveiled this week by city councillor Michael Ludwig from the social Democrats (SPÖ) speaking at the party meeting of the Vienna SPÖ in Rust.
He said that city funded building projects shouldn't just be about building flats, they also needed to "reflect the zeitgeist of the time and include offers that lead to development of the community and help people to meet their current needs."
He said that the cost of a smart flat would be capped at 7.50 euros per square metre and that a 40 square metre flat would cost a maximum of 300 euros.
They will be aimed at young families, couples or single mothers or single people.
The first 2,000 smart flats will be finished in the year 2014.
He said that the aim was to make sure that the smart flats made maximum use of the space with careful planning and that they shouldn't be too large – or too small.
There will also be built to be as environmentally efficient as possible for example with good insulation keeping costs to run smart flats very low.
The eventual plan is that one third of all council funded building projects would consist of smart flats, which will be located all over the city.
The city council said that over the past few decades the average size of flats per person has increased from about 25 square metres per person to the current level of around 38 square metres. That meant more rental costs even though income had not increased by the same proportion.
That meant that there was now a demand for smaller cheaper properties that could not be fulfilled.
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