Creative Prompt #266: Apartment


Using single-threaded apartments (the apartment model process) offers a message-based paradigm for dealing with multiple objects running concurrently.

Bachelor Apartment is a 1931 RKO comedy/romance film directed by and starring Lowell Sherman

Apartment” is a song by American alternative rock band Young the Giant from their 2010 self-titled debut album.

Apartment therapy

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The Campbell Apartment is a public bar and cocktail lounge located in a corner of Grand Central Terminal in New York City. It faces Vanderbilt Avenue.

Dining at Apartment 2g is an invitation to the Chefs’ apartment.

Apartment allows Rack applications to deal with database multitenancy through ActiveRecord.

Martin Wattenberg: Apartment is a series of closely related works, created in collaboration with Marek Walczak and with help from Jonathan Feinberg.


Definition: “An apartment (in American English) or a flat (in British English) is a self-contained housing unit (a type of residential real estate) that occupies only part of a building. Such a building may be called an apartment building, apartment house (in American English), block of flats, tower block, high-rise or, occasionally mansion block (in British English), especially if it consists of many apartments for rent. In Scotland it is often called a tenement, which has a pejorative connotation elsewhere. Apartments may be owned by an owner/occupier by leasehold tenure or rented by tenants (two types of housing tenure).

The term apartment is favored in North America (although flat is used in the case of a unit which is part of a house containing two or three units, typically one to a floor) and also is the preferred term in Ireland. The term flat is commonly, but not exclusively, used in the United Kingdom, Singapore, Hong Kong and most Commonwealth nations.

In Malaysian English, flat often denotes a housing block of lesser quality meant for lower-income groups, while apartment is more generic and may also include luxury condominiums. This usage has also been appearing in British English where apartment is used to denote expensive ‘flats’ in exclusive and expensive residential areas in, for example, parts of London such as Belgravia and Hampstead.

In Australian English, the term flat was traditionally used, but the term apartment is also frequently used, as is “unit,” short for “home unit”.

Tenement law refers to the feudal basis of permanent property such as land or rents. It may be found combined as in “Messuage or Tenement” to encompass all the land, buildings and other assets of a property. (Wikipedia)

In the United States, some apartment-dwellers own their own apartments, either as co-ops, in which the residents own shares of a corporation that owns the building or development; or in condominiums, whose residents own their apartments and share ownership of the public spaces. Most apartments are in buildings designed for the purpose, but large older houses are sometimes divided into apartments. The word apartment denotes a residential unit or section in a building. In some locations, particularly the United States, the word connotes a rental unit owned by the building owner, and is not typically used for a condominium.

In the UK, some flat owners own shares in the company that owns the freehold of the building as well as holding the flat under a lease. This is commonly known as a “share of freehold” flat. The freehold company has the right to collect annual ground rents from each of the flat owners in the building. The freeholder can also develop or sell the building, subject to the usual planning and restrictions that might apply.

In some countries the word unit is a more general term referring to both apartments and rental business suites. The word is generally used only in the context of a specific building; e.g., “This building has three units” or “I’m going to rent a unit in this building”, but not “I’m going to rent a unit somewhere.” In Australia, a unit refers to flats, apartments or even semi-detached houses. Some buildings can be characterized as mixed use buildings, meaning part of the building is for commercial, business, or office use, usually on the first floor or first couple of floors, and there are one or more apartments in the rest of the building, usually on the upper floors.

Post the direct URL (link) where your drawing, doodle, artwork is posted (e.g. your blog, Flickr) in the comments area of this post. I would really like to keep all the artwork together and provide a way for others to see your work and/or your blog.

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The Creative Prompt Project, also, has a Flickr group, which you can join to  post your responses. I created this spot so those of you without blogs and websites would have a place to post your responses.


Apartment building recycling initiative (NYC)

Luxury apartment

Apartment 3-G: A serial comic strip about three single female roommates as they juggle their careers, friendship, men and life in the big city.

Apartment Toolbox creates a centralized location for communication and documents requiring regular updates, common in a multifamily environment.

The Apartment (1960 movie)

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apartment block

California Apartment Association

Freshome covers a wide range of smart decorating ideas for apartments with a twist.

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Apartment Zero

Apartment One’s creativity in reimagining our brand identity was transformational.

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At Apartment List, we’re building extraordinary products and services that redefine the rental experience– making it seamless, transparent, and fun.

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