Krista sent me an email last night alerting me to an article by the Wall Street Journal that is advocating small houses.
Alex Frangos the author asks: What will the energy-efficient house of the future look like?
The Wall Street Journal asked four architects to design an energy-efficient, environmentally sustainable house without regard to cost, technology, aesthetics or the way we are used to living.
The idea was not to dream up anything impossible or unlikely — in other words, no antigravity living rooms. Instead, we asked the architects to think of what technology might make possible in the next few decades. They in turn asked us to rethink the way we live.
“This is a time of re-examining values, re-examining what we need,” says one of our architects, Rick Cook, of the New York firm Cook + Fox. “We are re-examining the idea of home.”
At the very end of the article is a very important statement that should help those of us in the small house movement:
But the most important order for Mr. Mouzon is to make the house compact. “The smaller thing you can create, the more sustainable it is.”
In fact, that’s something that all four of our architects agree on: Americans need to learn to live in smaller spaces if we are going to make an impact on the environment.
Read the complete article at the Wall Street Journal site.
Photo Credit: Wall Street Journal
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