Prefabs & Flatpack… part 1

Is there a difference? Not as far as I can tell, except one sounds more “modern” than the other. You might also hear them described as modular or kit homes. There’s potentially a lot to cover under this topic so just consider this ‘part 1’ post a starter for ten.

image: facit-homes.com

image: facit-homes.com

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Tiny house listings

“Tinyhouselistings.com is the web’s central place to buy, sell and rent small house properties that are 500 sq. ft. or smaller.”

image - tinyhomebuilders.com

image – tinyhomebuilders.com

Okay, it’s North America only, but some great examples of tiny houses at (mostly) tiny prices. Links to plans and builders websites too.

This blog post is also tiny. See you next time!

Open Tech Forever

“Imagine a world where almost all the products we use are manufactured locally using sustainable practices. We work with people throughout the world to achieve this.”

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image: opentechforever

With links to Open Source Ecology, Open Tech Forever sets out with the ambition to never patent, copyright or otherwise prevent the sharing of ideas and designs created by them (and their wider community). On the ground, they are renovating a 1960’s barn on 40 acres in Colorado into their first “Open Source Microfactory” and ran a modestly successful Indiegogo campaign to help with the funds.

The next major project is an open challenge, inviting entries to design a ‘Forever Home’ out of Compressed Earth Blocks (CEB), that the team will then go on to build on the site in Colorado. It needs to be built to Living Building Standards 2.1, which as a set of guidelines is worth a look in itself. The use of CEB’s ties in to the open source design of the CEB Press (brilliantly nicknamed The Liberator) which you can see and even attempt to build for yourself here.

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Modern Primitive Exchange

“Modern Primitive Exchange (MPEx) is a forum of art, design and ideas for living through the End Times.”

image: modernprimitiveexchange

image: modernprimitiveexchange

This project, as the image above, and their title suggests, are an interesting collision of high and low tech concepts, well worth a browse for inspiring writing and videos. Supported by The Canary Project, who, amongst other things produced the Green Patriot Posters book (that I own and would recommend)  They seem to share a lot with the Dark Mountain Project on this side of the Atlantic. I particularly enjoyed the TED talk about why TED talks are rubbish (link) and a residence described as resolutely NOT Modern Primitive (link) – a 60 storey, one family house worth over $1bn. Ouch!

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Lollipop Fort of Death

Time for a funny (and educational of course) video now. A treehouse without the tree!

“Basically, I was messing around with a concept for inner-city kids who might want a tree house-like experience, fort-wise, but might not have access to trees on their lot, and might additionally be dealing with limited space.”

image makezine.com

image makezine.com

(video over the jump)

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