Dan Phillips, designer/builder, shares insights into the origins of the future we are now facing, and it is ecologically threatening but fascinatingly hopeful. He explains that the waste from the building industry today is filling our landfills and fueling our burn piles because current models of structure are predicated on being plumb, level, squared and centered. This TED video hacked my brain, knocked it off kilter, and helped me appreciate a new imperfect way of building.
In this video you will see about a dozen of Dan's incredible, affordable, up-cycled homes. I love the humorous Budweiser home with Dan's ingenious use of tile using porcelain shards from old toilets to mimic a bubbly head of foam on the shower wall. He glibly refers to the bulges, warps, and pokes in the houses he designs, saying, " If that ruins your life, you shouldn't live here."
Makes me feel really nice about Panther Creek Cottage.
What I considered a little crooked just might be character.
And I'm plumb happy about that.