Affordable Housing Built From Trash

Dan Phillips' company Phoenix Commotion builds homes from discarded materials for low-income individuals in Huntsville, Alabama.
September 5, 2009, 7am PDT | Tim Halbur
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"Freed by necessity from what he calls the 'tyranny of the two-by-four and four-by-eight,' common sizes for studs and sheets of plywood, respectively, Mr. Phillips makes use of end cuts discarded by other builders - he nails them together into sturdy and visually interesting grids."

"'It doesn't matter if you don't have a complete set of anything because repetition creates pattern, repetition creates pattern, repetition creates pattern,' said Mr. Phillips, who is slight and sinewy with a long gray ponytail and bushy mustache."

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Published on Thursday, September 3, 2009 in The New York Times
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