June 28, 2012 1 Comment
Just to let you know, I haven’t fallen of the face of the earth. In the coming weeks I will post on such subjects as: why my new drawing tablet is awesome and what it allows me to do; urban design and my genealogy; a reboot of my regions project; the long-awaited second edition of the Concrete Chronicles; and probably a few posts commenting on my recent trip to Disneyland, and the urban design experience there.
For now though, just a quick post on a new documentary that I found out about from a facebook post from the Congress for the New Urbanism: We The Tiny House People: Small Homes, Tiny Flats & Wee Dwellings, created by Kirsten Dirksen.
This features a number of videos that I have already seen, as well as quite a few new ones, about the subject of small living, featuring people such as Jay Shafer of the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, who has turned his desire to live more simply into a successful building and book business.
Or Felice Cohen, whose 90-square foot apartment in New York has made its rounds on the internet, and works just fine for her, since she uses the city as her living room.
And possibly my favorite, Christian Schallert’s apartment full of hidden utility in Barcelona allows a small apartment to contain everything you would want, hidden in the walls.
Partially, this movement is about simplifying your life and avoiding the wasteful over-consumption that let to the burst of the housing bubble and the worldwide economic collapse. But part of it is also a shift towards real urbanism, where people use the public realm as a shared living space. Some of these places don’t even have a proper kitchen, but is one entirely necessary when you are surrounded by restaurants and food carts that serve almost any food imaginable at reasonable prices and with added convenience? Do you need a living room when you are surrounded by theaters, clubs, coffee houses, and other social gathering points? Do you need a back yard when you have access to good parks that you don’t have to mow or weed? Though these people may be living with less house, they are living with more amenity than is available in the suburbs.