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Tiny, Low Impact Living

David Friedlander at tiny house

For more than a decade, David Friedlander has promoted tiny and low-impact living which has been featured in The New York Times, the Minimalism documentary, and many others.

The objective of this wide-ranging conversation is to explore micro- living, hotel living, and what needs to change in our culture to foster a more sustainable future.

As early as 2009, David challenged the idea of suburban happiness with a NY Times cover story about bachelors taking on novel housing during the mortgage bubble.

He later sought to provide market alternatives through the micro-apartment startup, LifeEdited. The Times featured David more than once, Dwell, and a documentary entitled, “Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things.” David currently lives in Boulder, Colorado, consulting and developing a new business called Run Haus.

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In This Episode:

  • Why David thinks the “American Dream” is a nightmare
  • What is the cost of ownership?
  • When and where social housing models work
  • Has it become difficult to be a good person?
  • The real housing crisis
  • Cultural and regulatory hurdles to leading a low-impact life
  • David’s advice for low-impact living

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David lived in a micro-apartment with 3 other people

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