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 Jeff Bridges 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." 

Re-Nest covets "10 Vintage Kitchen Tools That Double As Decor."

Curbed admires a few good shipping container homes from the likes of Poteet Architecture, Maziar Behrooz Architecture and Lot-Ek Architects. 

Sunset visits 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.   

DesignBoom digs 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. 

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

Playing catch up: Tiny is as tiny does
This week: The New Yorker (finally) tackles the tiny house movement and the infamous domicile of a certain 'green'-loving Dude hits the market in Venice, Calif.