Image credit: Aaron Maret
TreeHugger founder Graham Hill is trying to radically reduce his footprint and live happily with less space, less stuff and less waste on less money, but with more design. He calls it "LifeEdited." You can help: Enter the LifeEdited design competition and win up to $70,000 in prizes and the opportunity to design the apartment!
LifeEdited sponsor Architizer presents Aaron Maret's Pocket Shelter as a demonstration of how one can live with less, and for very little money; Maret claims that the budget for this project is 72 USD.
Maret describes himself, in a way that reminds me of so many people trained as architects:
I'm in love with the world. I'm a design geek. I love looking at things and thinking about how they work, how they go together. I love making things. Especially with my hands. I love buildings. And space. And meaning. And the relationships between them.
But also why so many of us leave the profession:
I graduated from school and worked for several different 'high-end' architecture firms, each one leaving me dissatisfied with the actual change or contribution I felt able to effect. I walked away from these experiences in order to try and find a way to meet my needs for contribution, creativity and authenticity more directly.
He is committed to doing the right thing:
I had a transformative experience learning to engage in 'forest defense' in Northern California, attempting to slow the rate of illegal logging and clear-cutting of old-growth douglas fir and redwood forests. I learned about myself a deep desire to be connected more directly to natural, wild places of the earth.
In his page on salvage, Maret notes that it is not as easy or cheap as just going to the lumberyard:
I feel pretty wowed by how beautiful and special salvaged wood, specifically, can be. but I also feel challenged by how much extra time in sourcing, processing, processing, processing, and using salvaged wood has added to the construction timeline.
It gives me insight into why so many building materials end up in the construction dumpsters... it's not necessarily because folks don't care about resource use and conservation. often there simply isn't the budget to pay for the labor required to manage and process leftovers, scraps, recyclables and the like.
Lots more neat small spaces at LifeEdited
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