Houses and the Idea of Home

As the son of an architect and an interior designer, it was likely inevitable that I would find some part of my imagination either architectonic in nature or taken up with architectural artifacts, themselves real or imagined. And so I have spent plenty of time as a child with architectural volumes from my parents’ college classes or with architectural magazines spread before me imagining myself in those spaces. It is certainly the case that my travels have been focused on structures, sometimes resulting in me being more taken with a museum than its contents. I have through the years also found myself in remarkably rich spaces in my dreams, which often took the form of complex classroom buildings, student unions, or conference hotels. (Such is the imaginative life of an academic!)

With the arrival of the web, I found myself regularly fascinated by the tours of spaces that videos offered, especially those of ordinary people. And what as once single, small volume that I carried around, Lester Walk’s Tiny Book of Tiny Houses which chronicled historical houses like Thoreau’s cabin at Walden Pond, blossomed into a variety of Youtube efforts, many of which were channels dedicated to tiny houses. Explorations of alternate housing led to explorations of alternate technologies and techniques for houses. Straw bale houses, earth ships, rammed earth construction. All of them have found a way into my video consumption over the last ten years.

As we approach a moment in which down-sizing becomes likely, I find myself capturing more information on housing possibilities, some of which are below:

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