Posted by Cynthia | Filed under Musings
After reading Michael Pollan's A Place of My Own, I thought it fitting to investigate some of his sources of resource and inspiration referenced in the design of his shelter. Mr. Pollen's architect Charlie, gave him the book Tiny Houses, by Lester Walker, published in 1987. I picked up a copy at the library to take a peek. As Michael Pollen points out, this building can take on a variety of shapes, but all are an exercise in efficiency. I love the clarity of presentation of this book. Hand drawn plans and isometrics of these simple structures, convey not only the efficiency, but also the spirit of these special spaces. The author shares with us historic shelters such as Henry Thoreau's Cabin. Michael Pollen references this project in detail, as a source of inspiration in the design of his own hand built place.
"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately. To front only the essential facts of life and see if I could not learn what it had to teach and not…" – Henry David Thoreau
Thoreau, one of America's greatest Transcendental writers and the father of Environmentalism, lived deliberately in his tiny, 10’ x 15’ self-built cabin next to Walden pond where he began his experiment in “simple living.”
Today “simple living” has manifested into the Tiny House Movement, where people are downsizing the space they live in, and thereby simplifying their lifestyles with beautiful results.