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Project Goals

The house will be designed like an organism, a living machine. Here are the existing design objectives. Like every aspect of this wiki, they are fully editable by anyone with an account.

Human Centered Design

Most houses are designed around the stuff and objects that we own instead of the human body. One goal of our tiny house is to consider how the space can encourage people to live with the minimum of clutter/stuff while still creating a warm and customizable atmosphere. We are also considering how the space can encourage exercise and ergonomically healthy movement as well as socialization and community.

The Home as an Organism:

We are designing a system to take into consideration the following elements. You can read about the designs here. MyHomeYourHome/Systems

The Breakdown

What have we been working on? Here is a list of our projects, and their current status:


The wiki serves as a location for documenting information and process. It is the main home of group collaboration, and will grow to reflect the project over time. Status: Complete, continued development


The blog is an active feed of our ongoing research, a way to get a brief overview of the ideas we're looking to build upon. Status: Complete, continued development

Ecological Perspectives: Class Project

Throughout February and March of 2009, we developed some aspects of our research as part of a class project at Emily Carr University. We produced materials to summarize our research, and found ways of engaging our classmates. Materials produced were carried forward into the Living Density Gallery Show with Architecture for Humanity Vancouver, as well as the FormShift Competition. Status: Complete

We have launched a front-page to explain the project to visitors in a quick one-stop location. From here, visitors will be able to access our wiki, blog, facebook group and other online outlets for our work as they develop. This was a product of the Ecological Perspectives Class. Status: Complete, continued development

FormShift Competition Entry

We submitted an entry to the Wild Card category of the FormShift competition. Status: Complete as of April 7, 2009

Tumbleweed Tiny House Workshop

In May, Rachel attended a workshop with Tumbleweed Tiny House company in Vancouver. This helped build on her technical knowledge specific to Tiny Home Design and Construction. Status: Complete as of May 9, 2009

Living Density Show with Architecture for Humanity Vancouver

We were very excited to participate in a gallery show with the wonderful people down at Architecture for Humanity Vancouver, and a whole host of exciting projects happening around the city. There was a forum on architecture, human scale planning and more! Status: Happened May 8, 2009, for 2 weeks

Visit with Jay Shafer

Rachel was lucky enough to meet up with Jay at his home in California. She and Zack had a tour of the home, and were able to speak more with Jay about his ideologies surrounding the Tiny life. Status: Happened June, 2009

Design Core Class with Christian Blyt

In this class, we'll be designing and eventually building a tiny, modular home. More details to come soon! Status: January 2010 to April 2010

What happens next?

As the tiny home movement continues to grow, we will harness public interest to find more and more participants with unique knowledge to contribute. We will develop our design over time, and enter upcoming competitions with groups like architecture for humanity. Vancouver is the ideal location for our development, as the city has ongoing interest in improving EcoDensity and finding new and unique solutions to becoming the greenest city in the world by 2020. Once we are ready to test our design, we will apply for grants and funding, work with the city to choose land, and build the home.

After that?

The home will serve as beta-test for tiny homes in Vancouver. We will continue to update the participants about successes and failures, problems, solutions, and so on. We really intend for this to be a long-term learning experience for everyone involved.