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The story of Ico – the icosahedron designed and built by Daniel Aragon of Colorado, USA.

The Ico is constructed 50% from recycled material such as scavenged old wood flooring and reclaimed windows.

Designing for utilities such as running water, heating (and insulation) were learning curves in the process.

“Living small asks us to re-evaluate every piece that makes a house work”

This excerpt is part of a film Tiny: a story about living small – find more information on the tiny house movement and the film here

DIY tiny house resources here and here

Tiny Houses in Australia

Prefabricated fire retardant houses!

Check out the prefab concrete ‘Pod’ here

The Pod was born out of fire, quite literally.  The architects behind The Pod wanted to design a quick and strong pre-fabricated concrete structure to replace the scores of homes that were lost to the recent fires that ravaged many communities in Victoria.  1:1 Architects in Melbourne began working with Ecotec Building Solutions on the prototype of this concept.

The Pods can be quickly assembled, and each has a bathroom and kitchen.  While they are intended to be temporary housing, there is no reason that these sturdy structures could not be used as an excellent tiny home.  Some really great touches have been added to the homes, such as pre-installed electrical conduits, which are a great idea when dealing with concrete.

And the Ned Kelly hut (‘Mudgee Tower’) below – designed by Casey Brown Architects – trying to find a design solution for resourceful living.

Sydney Nolan-esque …read more here

Water Catchment System

A video of the ideas behind Mudgee Tower has been made by Traces Films

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The expansion of settlement -the extension of housing into the rural landscape- has always occurred.   However we are currently at a point where the rural landscape as we have understood it is changing.

We are no longer situated within a limitless (cultivated) landscape.  The rate at which residential development is occurring has increased over the passed decade, especially in Bendigo where particular ‘growth areas’ have been identified for development (by the Council) such as Huntly and Epsom.

The trend in land-use conversion of the rural landscape from agricultural/pastoral use to residential use is increasing, fragmenting the green hills into small lots marked out with fences, and houses.  Development is also occurring at the ‘urban-forest’ interface, which is resulting in the loss of native environments and ecologies.

The general housing strategy has been (and still is) to clear a site for building.  Laying the foundations – on top of the ground and designing within a ‘vacant’ space.  What idea of ‘building’ are we prescribing to …traditional practice? Habitual practice?  Are we still ‘settling’ the land??

Where is the plan that addresses the impact of development on previously undeveloped land with a scope that addresses the environmental and social cost, infrastructural requirements, defines the capacity requirements of the new and previous environments etc?

Why do we not already have an (open) understanding of the role of the natural environment and its contribution to the ecological sustainability of an area?  Or its contribution to the ecological sustainability for development?

Can we design an approach to development whereby we integrate the role of the previous environment into the role of the new environment?  Could we have a tiny tree house community using fire retardant species as protection within the native environments?

How do we plan for a larger population in the rural landscape?  In terms of a future planning strategy what is the greatest social use of this land?  What do we want to save?

Could we have 21st century tiny house ‘homesteads’?

What would a tiny house ‘estate’ look like?  How would it work?

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