Today tiny houses are an extremely popular interest for architects and choice for homeowners. These small projects seem to encourage experimentation not only with materials but also with ways of living.
What does the current preoccupation of architects with small, even tiny, houses tell us about the culture, about architecture, about markets?
Azby gave the final word
I’ve identified what I feel are a set of conditions, or factors, whose presence is likely to cause people to look at tiny homes as an alternative. For the sake of argument, I divide them into “hard factors” and “soft factors.” They don’t all have to be in place, but the more that are present, the more attractive a small house will be as a solution… I guess what I’ve been noticing is that while the “hard” factors seem to be the primary drivers, the way that the emerging environmental ethics and other spiritual values reinforce this trend is something new to us in the West. We very well could be witnessing the birth of a new aesthetic based on these technical and spiritual values, and this is probably what excites architects and designers.
Friday, October 1 at 10:21pm
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