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Tiny Housesby Mimi Zeiger
Synopses & Reviews
In the spirit of treading a bit lighter on the planet, a new trend in sustainable living architecture is what is called "microgreen living"literally the creation of tiny homes where people challenge themselves to live "greener" lives. This idea, which sprang from eco-awareness and the reduction of carbon footprints, has led people to consider low-impact living as a "greener" alternative to ordinary housing. Far beyond solar panels and the use of sustainable materials, homeowners have embraced the concept and have implemented many creative and stylish solutions for day-to-day living, such as a room that doubles as a shower with one swift movement of plexi-glass from a well-concealed pocket door. A tiny house is an experiment of space but also a challenge to simplify ways of life. Tiny Houses brings together an international collection of over thirty prefab homes and living concepts under 1,000 square feetsome are practical and others are cheeky, ranging from treehouses and compact dwellings to floating houses. The book presents conceptual building plans, detailed illustrations, and vivid photographs of the homes, architects, and proud enthusiasts who live in them. How much space is unused and "wasted" in your own home? This book will inspire the reader to think about architecture and interior design in a new and enlightened way.
Book News Annotation:
This small volume (7"x7.5") showcases thirty six tiny houses from around the world. Each entry includes a brief narrative description, floor plan and several color photographs. Notable houses featured in this collection include Boxhome in Olso, Norway, Weebee House, from the Tumbleweed Tiny House Co. and several interesting examples of modular housing from a variety of architects. The volume includes a brief introduction and an index of architects and designers that include links to further online resources. Zeiger is an art and design journalist based in Brooklyn, New York Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
With “McMansions” increasingly giving way to “tiny” houses, the desire to downsize and be more ecologically and economically prudent is a concept many are beginning to embrace. Focusing on dwelling spaces all under 1,000 square feet, TINY HOUSES (Rizzoli, April 2009) by Mimi Zeiger aims to challenge readers to take a look at their own homes and consider how much space they actively use.
Ranging from tree houses to floating houses, TINY HOUSES features an international collection of over thirty modular and prefab homes, each one embodying “microgreen living”, defined as the creation of tiny homes where people challenge themselves to live “greener” lives. By using a thoughtful application of green living principles, renewable resources for construction, and clever ingenuity, these homes exemplify sustainable living at its best.
About the Author
Mimi Zeiger is the founder and editor of Loud Paper Magazine, a cheeky architectural digest geared toward young architects. Zeiger also writes for Metropolis and Dwell magazines and teaches courses at SCI-Arc on urban branding and architectural journalism.
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