Friday, September 12, 2008

Small (Car, House) Is Beautiful

I think everyone should have at least on tiny house. Might be a good idea for all of us living on the Atlantic and Gulf coast. When you run you need somewhere to go.

One is a report on the Wheels blog by my friend Jim Motavalli about the possible rebirth of the “air car,” a vehicle that runs on compressed air and a small amount of fuel to run a heater that boosts its range (it is said to get the equivalent of more than 100 miles per gallon when you account for the energy it takes to compress the air). There’s lots more at the link above and in a story on the pneumatic-car technology written by Jim in 2000.

tiny houses
Another is a story about tiny houses, which resonated particularly because on Tuesday night I went to an art show in Beacon, N.Y., organized by friends, including the sculptor Simon Draper, who are building tiny free-standing artists’ “habitats.”
The Times story, by Steven Kurutz, descrbes a growing “small house movement
Below is a video showing Simon Draper building a tiny artist’s shed (set to music by the songwriter Dar Williams, for whom he’s also building a similar creative nook).

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