Category Archives: Shifting Paradigms

9News Did a Quick Story On The Tiny…

Had some fun yesterday chatting with 9News and Victoria Sanchez about tiny homes and zoning codes.

http://www.9news.com/media/cinematic/video/76078412/

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Early Adopter and BEYOND!

Just because we’re challenged to find a buyer for our recently revealed super cool TinyGiantHose doesn’t mean we’re stopping with our deep dive down the rabbit hole of AMAZING tiny house integrations and design!

Photo Courtesy of: The Endesa Pavilion
Photo Courtesy of: The Endesa Pavilion

Turns out, as I had designed TinyGiant for myself with my very specific and crazy lifestyle of rock-climbing, aquaponic ecosystem-toting, client inspired-wallpaper, I realized how much of an early-adopter I am to most everything. It’s hard to sell something so specific and ‘outlying’. I do find it ironic, however that the tiny house movement in and of itself is by it’s very nature an outlier-esque movement. 🙂

That said, I am happy to announce that we are working up designs for a TinyTOO! Specific goals for this one will be,

To go even more off-grid with 2X the FUN!

We are packing this new tiny with even more badass-ness! Believe it or not, if you think TinyGiant blew your hair back, we’re happy to be bringing you yet another, Modern&TINY house that will continue to showcase our true love for design, innovation and keen sense of outright funcitonal-cool!

Photo Courtesy of: http://www.doobybrain.com/2012/05/23/the-california-roll-a-pre-fab-house-that-adapts-to-its-desert-surroundings/
Photo Courtesy of: http://www.doobybrain.com/2012/05/23/the-california-roll-a-pre-fab-house-that-adapts-to-its-desert-surroundings/

Of course! – I won’t let you go before I offer you but a sample of features coming in, TinyTOO:

solar shading + passive solar heating
green roof
expandable roof over bed to sitting area on roof
fungus insualtion
electric opacity changing windows
root cellar
Solar PV
Solar HotWater
vertical wall garden
Climbing wall outside
Tensegrity structuring
rainwater collection
Opaque walls for cross-lighting
…will it float?!
…AND BEYOOOooooooonnnnnnnnddddddd!! 🙂
If you’re interested in the TinyGiant, or have a wild hair to do something original, please feel free to reach out.
Onward!
Rob

Micro-Living. Who’s Coming With?

Victor Papanek stated, “We have learned to think of large cars as gas-guzzlers; similarly we must learn to see our homes as the space guzzlers they are,” in his book, “Design 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 ‘the material’ for the benefit of simplicity, savings, and a reconnection with others and environment.XO.2.2 2014-09-04 16255400000

“We are designing these homes to empower the owner and offer abundance through a more sustainable lifestyle,” says President and Principal Designer at Modern&TINY, Rob Irwin. “Foresight 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.”

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 ‘coming of age’ 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 – Based 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 – (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

MODERN & TINY

We have a FB page. Our tiny home design company will be at this years first ever Tiny Home Jamboree in Colorado Springs, CO. Come check the house out August 7-9th.

Come follow us on the ‘Book’ here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Modern-and-TINY/985250308193388

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Come See Us!

Be sure to catch us at the Tiny House Jamboree in Colorado Springs, August, 7-9th, 2015. Looking forward to meeting everyone! This is going to be a HUGE event. The first of it’s kind with spectators, designers, suppliers, and builders from all 50 states and 5 countries!

Check out the event here on their page: https://www.tinyhousejamboree.com

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Shared: The science of why you should spend your money on experiences and not things

Source: FastCompany
Source: FastCompany

It’s counterintuitive that something like a physical object that you can keep for a long time doesn’t keep you as happy as long as a once-and-done experience does. Ironically, the fact that a material thing is ever present works against it, making it easier to adapt to. It fades into the background and becomes part of the new normal. But while the happiness from material purchases diminishes over time, experiences become an ingrained part of our identity.

“Our experiences are a bigger part of ourselves than our material goods,” says Gilovich. “You can really like your material stuff. You can even think that part of your identity is connected to those things, but nonetheless they remain separate from you. In contrast, your experiences really are part of you. We are the sum total of our experiences.”

http://www.fastcoexist.com/3043858/world-changing-ideas/the-science-of-why-you-should-spend-your-money-on-experiences-not-thing#