Urban Nomad Redux: Build and Live in Your Own Microhouse

Images: Alex Farmer

Compact, efficient and optionally mobile, micro-dwellings have been around for some time. As the the "less is more" lifestyle is gaining momentum, they are making bigger waves nowadays and it's exciting to see people actually build their own, like this replica of a 50-year-old design constructed by Glasgow School of Art student Alex Farmer, who based it on architect Ken Issac's original 8-foot Microhouse concept from the 1960s. Proving that old ideas can still have fresh impact on today's lifestyles, take a look on how Alex built it from scratch (and how you could too):

Alex in his replica of the Microhouse.

Alex pieced together plywood and stainless steel piping to create the module using instructions from Issac's classic book, How to Build Your Own Living Structures (which is worth a look at for other interesting DIY modular and multifunctional ideas - and is available as a free download here - it's otherwise hard to find and expensive to buy).


Bending the corner angles using a jig.



Inspired by the Urban Nomad movement of the 1960s, which centred on small, mobile dwellings in urban locations, Alex is calling his project Urban Nomad Version 2.0 and will live in it for a year. His planned move-in date is September 2010 and he will be updating his progress on his blog.

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