Monthly archive for October 2009

Drop In Haus

So as I said about a week ago it has been more and more difficult to find tiny houses, I have tapped out many of my good sources, but I have found some refuge as of late in German architectural firms.  The draw back of course is that my ability to read German is horrid and I can’t really speak it either.  Found this house which was a really interesting idea in a way to repurpose an existing structure, I have as of late seen a major trend with Germans doing this, perhaps it is the next step for us to?

They are going beyond just minor renovations, but huge overhauls, living in industrial buildings, warehouses and other non traditional structures.  While we have see the re purposing of old mills into swanky loft aparments here in the USA, I have noticed the Germans seem to be taking this to an extreme, one which I think will become quite popular  here in the united states as more and more of our industrial production complexes shut down and are sent over seas.

While the manufacturing in America is a staple of our economy, we are becoming an increasingly service and knowledge based economy, it causes one to pause about the future of manufacturing in America.  The result is that we will have massive building that are left and the best thing to do is capitalize on such great spaces and potential, weather we use it for residential or novel commercial applications.

I have spoken of this before such as in my post, Rethinking Big Box

Today I found a small scale example – this is the TINY life after all – of this German trend, which I feel we will start to see here soon.


Source: here

Take a Hike!


For those of you who might have missed it, I recently decided to do posts only Monday to Friday, so get outside with this beautiful fall weather, the changing colors and enjoy the weekend off 🙂

Cube House

I found this great cube house which is a really interesting design, the photos during the winter of the exterior bring images of A Day In The Life Of Ivan Denisovich.  Unfortunately I didn’t find many interior shots of this vacation home, apparently near New York.  The best part I think about the house is the view, they are amazing!

Here is all I was able to find on the house:

From a holiday house one has usually another conception – a unverputzter, simple Kubus from Bimsbetonsteinen is there rather the exception.  This house stands in the widths of the American continent, well 300 kilometers northwest from New York town center.  The dwellings are distributed on two floors;  The roof terrace is attainable over fliers.  (Literal translation from German website.)

It was Simon Ungers‘ Cube House that pointed me to Cornell University.  He is a major source of inspiration for me, and living in this house makes that inspiration constant.





More photos here

Food Stamps

I recently was hired by Americorp Vista, essentially Peace Corps, but domestic.  Americorp’s website describes it as  “the national service program designed specifically to fight poverty. Founded as Volunteers in Service to America in 1965 and incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs in 1993, VISTA has been on the front lines in the fight against poverty in America for more than 40 years.”  (Americorp Website)  I work at a non-profit here in North Carolina where I am in charge of large scale volunteer facilitation.


Technically my employer is the Corporation of National and Community Service A.K.A. the Government.  My paychecks are not infact paychecks, but a “subsistence allowance” where I am paid well below minimum wage and am not allowed to hold another job.  Technically I am on call 24/7/365.  This is a year commitment which I recently decided to undertake to take something that has always been a part of my life, volunteering, and bring it to the next level.  I’m not going to lie, a part of it was also because I need a job, but it was a minor reason.

Everyday I work to fight poverty here in Charlotte North Carolina and it has been immensely rewarding!  Not to mention a welcomed change from my previous corporate jobs.  If you are interested in checking it out click here

So today I had a unique experience, one which was very new for me.  I applied for food stamps.  Overall it was pretty quick and painless, which I was glad.  If only the DMV could learn from them, I have waited longer to give the DMV money than I did for Department of Social Services to GIVE me money.  I don’t know about you, but I try not to keep people waiting who are trying to give me money 🙂  What’s great about things now is that there are no “stamps”  you get this card that looks and acts like a debt card, but of course has restrictions on what you can and cannot buy.  Things like paper products, alcohol, tobacco, diet supplements etc.  Anyway, I am waiting to hear for the decision on my application, but I am hopeful because of the type of job I recently landed.

Its pretty much impossible to have not notice things going on today are not as good as they have been.  I found this great infographic about how more and more Americans are seeking aid in the form of food stamps and other resources.

Click here for larger, zoomable version

food stamps

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