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Thinking a Little Bigger About the Tiny House Thing

Can the tiny house fetish evolve to address real sustainability and affordable housing challenges? Ben Brown says yes.
January 14, 2016, 5am PST | Hazel Borys
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"I’ve never been much of a fan of the Tiny House movement, which seemed to me to be a solution in search of a problem. Squeezing marginally comfortable living space into something you can haul around with a truck didn’t seem to be much of a design challenge. After all, there’s a whole industry that’s been addressing that demand for generations. You know, RVs."

Brown goes on to discuss his three months living in what many might call a Tiny House. He had no problem functioning happily in its 350-square-feet because "the house was a legal structure on a fixed foundation in a mixed-use, infill neighborhood in easy reach of everything I needed." It's about the neighborhood structure.

Now there are a number of different organizations and ideologies having the same conversation, calling it all different things: weeHouse, pocket neighborhoods, and cottage courts. Brown suggests we broaden the discussion so these parallel paths can converge to a set of best practices.

Image credit: Ben Brown

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Published on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 in PlaceShakers
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