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.
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
Links and Resources:
- Living Large in 675 Square Feet, Brooklyn Edition
- Life Edited
- Community Cycles in Boulder, CO
- Run Haus
- Why a Runner Runs: He Must in the New York Times
- Life at Home in the 21st Century by Jeanne E. Arnold
- Tao Te Ching by Laozi
- Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
- Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevski