TreeHugger takes a glimpse into "Your Tiny Dream Home" in a great guest post by Graham Hill, TH founder and the man behind LifeEdited. Hill's less stuff,- smart design-centric venture was one of 33 firms that submitted a proposal to adAPT NYC, the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development's micro-apartment (275 to 300 square foot) design competition. Writes Hill of the tiny home trend: "People are recognizing small-space living as a choice, not a punishment. People want manageable sizes, minimal upkeep, sane energy consumption and affordable rents and mortgages. We are also questioning how far we want to be from our neighbors. Maybe gates and lawns keep us from getting to know these important folks."


The Washington Post notes the "coming of age" of prefabricated homes.


Curbed wrangles up the "10 Most Hilarious Quotes About Micro-Dwelling" from the New York Times' recent "full-on anthropological study" on residing in stamp-sized apartments. Here's my favorite: ""As she welcomes a visitor to her fourth-floor walk-up, Ms. Stolarski, a manager in the digital sales group at Condé Nast, recites the stock reaction to her pinkie toehold in Manhattan: 'Oh! Ohhh. It's ... cute! And you have a bathroom, too!'"


The Los Angeles Times chimes in on the urban "right-sizing" movement in New York. Also profiled is Ryan Mitchell of Charlotte, N.C., a fellow who is saving up in order to decamp from his "normal-sized" abode and downsize into his 130-square foot dream home. Says Mitchell: "I don't expect and I don't think the majority of us will get to a point where we're living in that type of dwelling. But I think it's important to show there's an alternative to McMansions."


EcoHome marvels at a 1,200-square-foot home made from concrete and designed to withstand 200 mile-per-hour winds. Says Joe Rogge, a spokesperson for ForeverHome, the soon-to-be-launched firm behind the hurricane-proof prototype home: "The homes going up now in the areas where ForeverHome would be applicable are not any more resistant than those built before Hurricane Katrina,. This one is resistant to strong lateral winds exceeding 165 miles per hour. The design loads exceed post-Katrina FEMA standards by two and one half times. There’s nothing else like it.”


The New York Times reports from the 10th annual London Design Festival, an event that's "poised between being a regional showcase bubbling with spontaneous interventions and a smooth international canvas." Highlights from this year's show include "No Place Like Home" GPS shoes from Dominic Wilcox, a thread-wrapped bench, and a crazy, $40,000 "dragonfly" lamp.


CNN joins in on the tiny home love. Hell, there's room for everyone. Or maybe not.


Grist imagines a world dominated by the UpLIFT, a car lift-turned-housing pod concept designed for the elderly, the homeless, and folks requiring assisted living. Explains Sarah Miller: "The recycled-plastic panels that make up the homes would be delivered to the parking garage and hoisted into place using the car lift. The lots would not necessarily be totally filled in with pods; some of the spaces could still have cars. Wow. So you could wake up and look out your window and see — a car? Not exactly sweeping views of the Hudson, but it beats rummaging around in the garbage for food, which, in the absence of new cheap housing solutions, is what we’re all going to be doing for most of the day.


Co.Design pays a visit heaven, a place otherwise known as Herman Miller's eco-friendly furniture manufacturing facilities. 


Jetson Green tours Ruby House, the first certified passive house in Salt Lake City proper (there's already one outside of city limits in Salt Lake City county). The handsome, thermos-esque abode was designed by Brach Design Architecture and built by Benchmark Modern


Curbed takes a peek inside "Five Pristine Homes For Sale in America's Dirtiest Cities" (as singled out by Travel & Leisure). Properties include the $12.5 million Robinson House, AKA the "the finest home in New Orleans,"  and a three-bedroom townhouse ($600,000) located in Baltimore's LEED Silver Woodberry development.




Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

Playing catch up: Micro madness, the sequel
After a deluge of micro-apartment stories this past July, tiny urban abodes once again get big lovin' in this week's news roundup. Plus, hurricane-proof homes a