“A land ethic, then, reflects the existence of an ecological conscience, and this in turn reflects a conviction of individual responsibility for the health of land.”
- Aldo Leopold
- Able to endure at a certain rate or level over time.
- Synergy between human processes and the natural environment that preserves and maintains healthy biological, social, and environmental function.
Yestermorrow’s first Semester in Sustainable Design/Build addressed contemporary sustainable architecture practice through the lens of a Tiny House. Students incorporated a wide variety of different sustainability approaches with an intention of developing a single holistic building. Creative expression coupled with sustainable practice has allowed the students to experiment with form and function as a way to challenge conventional solutions.
The end result of such effort is a home that has the power to change the lifestyle of its users. Streamlining daily tasks and functions with innovative design encourages the homeowner to integrate new ways of life that reflect a sustainable ethic.
The Tiny House also acts as a prototype for small-scale living, providing a host of innovative design ideas for other builders. Sustainable tenets of the tiny house project include:
· Energy Efficiency
· Small building footprint
· Support of local economies
· Salvaged material use
· Water Conservation
· Composting Systems
· Passive Solar Design
Sustainability can be thought of as an upgrade that upholds current lifestyles without diminishing future lifestyles; an upgrade that involves mindfulness around one’s daily choices. The Tiny House is an alternative that eliminates the dichotomy between sustainability and high living standards.
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