James Lowder
Geography
4th year
Less is More?: Investigating Tiny Homes as a Sustainable Housing Alternative
Abstract
This paper looks to investigate the emerging world of tiny homes in the context of increasingly problematic environmental change. As environmental issues continue to unravel across the globe, it is becoming ever more necessary to devise innovative and comprehensive solutions to such challenges. At present there has been little academic research into the recent rise of tiny houses and the related tiny house movement. Popularly tiny homes are portrayed as eco-friendly forms of dwelling, encompassing the minimalist credo that less is more and aspirations for a simple life close to nature. This research investigates tiny homes and their viability as a sustainable alternative to conventional housing, focusing particularly on the benefits that accompany a decreased home size, and the impact that spatial alterations can have on the lifestyles of those dwelling within said spaces. The present hurdles and drawbacks of tiny house living are also explored. This research includes data collected through interviews and questionnaires with tiny house owners, as well as visits that I undertook to relevant sites. Ultimately, this research assesses the role that this specific form of alternative housing can have in developing the sustainable societies necessary to combat current environmental change, arguing that innovative transformations to human housing practices can foster eco-friendly behaviours.
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