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Micro-Living. Who’s Coming With?

Victor Papanek stated, ‚ÄúWe have learned to think of large cars as gas-guzzlers; similarly we must learn to see our homes as the space guzzlers they are,‚ÄĚ in his book, ‚ÄúDesign for the Real World.”

While space has become an issue as populations increase in a non-linear fashion, other driving factors such as increased mobility, ownership without the mortgage, semi-permanent camping and tourism, and last but not least, the displacement of ‚Äėthe material‚Äô for the benefit of simplicity, savings, and a reconnection with others and environment.XO.2.2 2014-09-04 16255400000

‚ÄúWe are designing these homes to empower the owner and offer abundance through a more sustainable lifestyle,‚ÄĚ says President and Principal Designer at Modern&TINY, Rob Irwin. ‚ÄúForesight plays a huge factor in designing for the people, for the future. As the older demographics find themselves at the psychological cliff of retirement and the connotations that come with it, they find themselves in a position of choice and most of the time they want solace, simplicity and the opportunity to maintain a high quality of living without the overhead of a mortgage, or the maintenance that comes with owning a large home.‚ÄĚ

In addition to the allure of micro-homes with the aging population, younger professionals are too finding themselves in a position to maintain a high quality of life, be near their place of employment while being near the progressive bustle that a city brings without the high costs of renting.

These ‚Äėcoming of age‚Äô professionals also have a very distinct outlook on life and their place in it. No longer is the world seen as an immense sphere of endless resource offerings, clean air and crystal clear water. To many, living in a micro-home is a statement about who they are and a physical externalization of their beliefs about wanting to live in a clean, safe and sustainable way.XO.2.2 2014-09-07 18322700000

Modern&TINY understands the implication of continuing to spread into nature with our meandering communities of cul-de-sacs and pavement and believe that micro-living could just well be another tool in the toolbox of progress and a chapter in the book of shifting paradigms.

Life Emulates Tiny (A Biomimetic Approach to Living Tiny)

An emerging approach for sustainable solutions to human challenges is to emulate nature’s time-tested phenomena, patterns and principles. This process, often referred to as biomimicry, seeks out and incorporates lessons learned over nature’s 3.8 billion years of innovation.

This methodology¬†can be a great source for inspiration when designing tiny. Applications in rain water harvesting, heat-dissipating surfaces, energy¬†creation, and even collective resource generation through intentional pocket-neighborhood master planning and more all have their place. Simply put, nature has already figured out how to live synergistically with it’s environment, we only¬†need to get out of our own way to see this.

Like nature, we need resilient, zero-energy, zero-waste, regenerative environments that are aware, responsive and can learn to adapt to their occupants and surroundings. Why can’t tiny homes be a part of this too!

I posit that biomimicry in the built environment is a wellspring for the tiny home movement. It’s just going to take the voice and guidance of nature to be heard, moreover the skills of listening from the people to see this perspective an usher it into¬†fruition.

A few examples to get the gears turning…

Wastewater Mitigation and Reuse – John Todd Ecological Design = wastewater treatment through purposeful treatment solutions using plants (Pocket Neighborhood Integration)

Energy-Sharing Micro-Grids РBased on the collective energy sharing of most all ecosystem types this method of collaborative consumption creates resilient self-sufficient communities. (www.philogic.co)

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 Super-Superior Materials Р(the mollusk shell!) Could be used on anything from roofing shingles, windows, and trailer structures.

It’s as strong as steel and tough as a bulletproof vest, capable of withstanding the same amount of pressure it takes to turn carbon into a diamond. Scientists have discovered nature’s newest strongest material, and it comes from … a sea snail.

The list goes on and on! If you’re inspired to research this more feel free to reach out to Phi Logic, and take a look at www.asknature.org for quite an extensive list of animal niches.

Cheers, Rob

Tiny House Jamboree Shots!

Had such an amazing time at the Tiny House Jamboree! Almost 40,000 people in attendance over the weekend and amazing vibes all around.

#tinyhousejamboree #modernandtiny #tinygianthouse

Pocket Neighborhoods taking off!

This is what community will look¬†like very soon. They’re called pocket neighborhoods – usually built on one, two, or three lots in a row consisting of 3-6 tiny homes. These designs will usually utilize shared central gardens and meeting areas great for getting to know your neighbors and sharing the fun of creating a micro-community!

Source -  livingvintageco.com
Source – livingvintageco.com