Student designed 70 sq. ft. living pod can be towed with regular car (Video)

REED Green Mountain College
© REED Green Mountain College

From the innovative to the zany, it's always eye-opening to see what the nation's top environmental college programs are up to. We previously covered this food-growing, electric-car-charging Solar Garage by Vermont's Green Mountain College, now their Renewable Energy and Ecological Design (REED) students have come up with the OTIS, a 70-square foot mobile tiny home.

REED Green Mountain College© REED Green Mountain College
Designed and constructed by sixteen students, the OTIS (which stands for Optimal Traveling Independent Space) is an aerodynamic, pod-shaped design, made to be towed on a standard 5 by 8 foot trailer and a four-cylinder vehicle. It has its own rainwater collection system that feeds into the indoor plumbing, in addition to the 120-watt solar panel system to provide electricity. To handle human waste, the OTIS uses a composting toilet.

REED Green Mountain College© REED Green Mountain College

REED Green Mountain College© REED Green Mountain College

Professor Lucas Brown oversaw the students' progress, commenting on what he sees as the the current young generation's re-interpretation of a happy life, lived on a smaller footprint:

The appeal of living a more nomadic lifestyle represents a new take on the American Dream, especially among students in this millennial generation. Lots of writing on the millennials suggests that our suburban growth model perpetuated over the last 50-60 years is starting to come to an end. They (students) aren’t interested in being tied down with rent or a mortgage right after college. Something about having their own living space which is very low maintenance and very mobile suggests a different set of priorities.

REED Green Mountain College© REED Green Mountain College

Tiny homes and micro-apartments may have their detractors, but it's becoming clear that as society's socio-economic fabric is changing, more and more young people are seeing the disadvantages of being bogged down by debt, wasteful habits and a conventional home in the suburbs stuffed to the gills with 'stuff'. Only time will reveal what this brave new world will look like; and hopefully it won't be littered with big, badly built and inefficient homes. More info over at Green Mountain College's REED program.

Student designed 70 sq. ft. living pod can be towed with regular car (Video)
Designed and built by sixteen students, this tiny home is made to be towed by four-cylinder vehicle with a standard trailer.

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