Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Build Small Live Large 2015

I'll be presenting on affordable tiny house communities at this upcoming conference in Portland on November 6—along with Tim Ransom from Quixote Village. It's shaping up to be quite the one-day program!... It's just a bummer that our session is at the same time as the Courtyard Clusters session, which includes some of my favorites—Mark Lakeman, Ross Chapman, and Eli Spevak. Nonetheless, it should be an informative day on an ever-important topic.

Here are some more details on the event...

Build Small Live Large is the only event where you can learn about every type of small home - ADUs, small house communities, tiny homes on wheels and everything in-between – all in one place and all in one day! With over 30 speakers representing the most experienced and creative people in the small home market, Build Small Live Large is THE place to see case studies, designs and strategies you won’t find anywhere else.

You will see presentations from pioneering and visionary industry leaders you won’t find anywhere else:

Discounted early bird pricing ends October 6th so visit Build Small Live Large online and register today to save $50!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Nashville's "Infinity Village"

Five years after the demise of Nashville's infamous "Tent City," we see the emergence of a tiny house solution!

Tent City, an informal refuge to hundreds of unhoused people over the course of several decades, was flooded and condemned in the Summer of 2010. After the flood, I posted photos documenting the ruins of Tent City, and wrote about how efforts to form a legal camp floundered.

It became the focus of one of the chapters of my Tent City Urbanism book, and is where the top picture on the cover of the book comes from. It was also the focus of a documentary you may have seen on Netflix, Tent City USA.

Now, 6 tiny houses have been placed on a lot just a couple blocks west of Tent City once stood off Hermitage Ave. The tiny houses were paraded down the street to their destination adjacent to Green Street Church, creating quite the spectacle. The church has been allowing people to camp on their property under what they call "tent ministry," despite being informed by the city that they were in violation of various codes and asked to stop.

Photo Source: Shelley Mays / The Tennessean

Instead they decided to build tiny homes, each at 60 square feet, wired for electricity, with a fold-down murphy bed, mini fridge, and microwave.

The project is led by a group known as Infinity Fellowship, which raised over $50,000 after Rev. Jeff Carr vowed to move into one of the tiny homes until the goal was met, which took 45 days.