The New Yorker thinks small
in a great (if somewhat delayed) article on the tiny house movement. Writes Alec Wilkinson: "The rhetoric of modern tiny-house living begins with the assertion that big houses, aside from being wasteful and environmentally noxious, are debtors’ prisons. Their owners work in order to afford them, and when they actually occupy them they’re anxious. Tiny houses are luxurious, because they are easier to take care of and allow their (presumably debt-free) owners to spend more money on pleasures."
The Independent reports
that the Venice Beach, Calif., abode inhabited by
The Dude in the "Big Lebowski" is for sale. With an asking price of $2.3 million, "unemployed pot smokers who spend all day in a dressing gown will almost certainly be unable to afford it."
a few good shipping container homes from the likes of Poteet Architecture, Maziar Behrooz Architecture and Lot-Ek Architects.
the beautiful, big-windowed Portland, Ore., home of architect Webster Wilson, described as a "nature lover's oasis" in a city of "caffeine, rain, and indie rock." When did Portland and Seattle become the same, stereotyped-to-death place?
The New York Times gets its hands dirty
in a trend piece on the "growing and influential" permaculture movement, "a simple system for designing sustainable human settlements, restoring soil, planting year-round food landscapes, conserving water, redirecting the waste stream, forming more companionable communities and, if everything went according to plan, turning the earth’s looming resource crisis into a new age of happiness."
The Wall Street Journal goes cay-hopping
in Exuma Cays, a remote 365-island archipelago in the Bahamas where deep-pocketed celebs and name-brand CEOs have been snatching up private islands and building ginormous homes.
TreeHugger is smitten
with the Week'nder, architect Charlie Lazor's drop-dead gorgeous prefab vacation home on Madeline Island in Lake Superior.
the SLIDES ("sustainable, livable, and interactive design") House, a sleek, matchbox-esque eco-home designed by a student team at the American University in Cairo for competition in the 2012 Solar Decathlon Europe.