So for those of you on the East Coast, Ross Chapin, who designs pocket neighborhoods (some photos here) will be holding a free short workshop in Asheville, NC. I will be going to the event so those interested let me know in the comments (I will email from there to coordinate) and we can be sure to meet up!
These are gorgeous neighborhoods that are small cozy houses surrounding a small public green. The What I like about it is that the parking for the houses is in a lot that is set out of sight from the homes. At the end of the green is a common house, used to hold events, meet with friends, share a meal, etc.
From the press release:
Author of the book Pocket Neighborhoods, Ross Chapin, will host a workshop in Asheville, North Carolina on November 5, 2012 (from 6:00pm to 7:30pm) at the Lord Auditorium in the Pack Memorial Library located at 67 Haywood Street in downtown Asheville.
Chapin describes pocket neighborhoods as, “clustered groups of neighboring houses or apartments gathered around a shared open space — a garden courtyard, a pedestrian street, a series of joined backyards, or a reclaimed alley — all of which have a clear sense of territory and shared stewardship. They can be in urban, suburban or rural areas. These are settings where nearby neighbors can easily know one another, where empty nesters and single householders with far-flung families can find friendship or a helping hand nearby, and where children can have shirttail aunties and uncles just beyond their front gate.”
During this workshop, Chapin will offer a presentation on this topic for professionals and the general public, sharing stories of communities from around the world, their historic precedents, and the key design principles that give them vitality.
I found this great video about new housing complex that are getting built right now that are intentionally small, 360 square feet small. They are designed to meet the demand for downsized housing in the Portland area. It begs the questions, have Tiny Houses hit the mainstream, or is Portland its own microcosm?
Here is a art studio / residence located at an surfing artist community (who knew there was such a thing) made from shipping containers.
BadGast, which roughly translates to Bath Guest, is a modern live/work studio, located in a unique and artistic surfers village called F.A.S.T (Free Architecture Surf Terrain) on the beach in Scheveningen near the Hauge. FAST is a new urban beach community with a strong focus on the arts, protection of the sea as well as surfing. The program for the cultural container on the sea began in September 2009 and every month a new person has come to work on a sea or bather related project, which is then presented at the end of their time
So I have been thinking and thinking about this idea of a meetup for Tiny House people. I have figured out a few things all of which are free or cheap, this is still in the planning stages.
What I have figured out:
Location to host in Charlotte, NC
Tour of an off-the-grid container home
Tour of first LEED certified Hotel in Charlotte
Green / Eco-Friendly expo with a series of talks
Possible tour of a micro farm
A short list of speakers (not yet approached)
What I still need to button down:
A Tubleweed style home brought to Charlotte, NC for tours