5 Post-War Architecture Tips the Tiny House Movement Can Learn…

Quixote Village in Olympia, Washington. Image © Leah Nash for BuzzFeed

Rory Scott of ArchDaily wrote an interesting piece about the burgeoning Tiny House Movement, in which he ponders on why are Tiny Houses have become so popular, the promise this building type hold for society, and the issues the movement addresses.  Scott came to the conclusion that the Tiny House movement has quite possible become the closest thing we have right now to a utopian housing solution.  While I can definitely agree with that sentiment, I also agree with his follow-up statement that the Tiny House Movement still has a lot of work to do; a BIG amount of work…

Design for HiveHaus, a modular home featured on the UK television show “George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces”. Image via Hivehaus

Scott sets forth to provide five examples from post-war architecture that the Tiny House Movement should tackle to improve and fulfill its legacy. First, the movement should Systematize, meaning that the DIY culture of Tiny House building should include detailed instructions with past examples to follow with requirements of certain elements to be combined a certain way in a tiny home’s build.  Second, despite the first step, it’s important not to forget about people’s need for individuality and appropriation to overlay over the home’s basic design (since most post-war architecture is widely considered “soulless” and/or “faceless”). Third, tiny homes shouldn’t be built to last, meaning that it must prepare for changes in housing culture and markets in case the structure is no longer wanted and/or needed.  Fourth, the movement needs local government/legislation to encourage or prevent homes of a certain sizes or construction types, enable or outlaw construction by inexperienced builders, and allow or forbid the use of certain plots (or plot sizes) of land for new homes.  Finally, the Tiny House Movement has to get the “Not In My Backyard” people (or NIMBYs) on their side, integrating the community while promoting the conservatism of the movement and ensure little-to-no disruption (from design, build, sound, and visuals) to neighbors.

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