Micro Green: Tiny Houses in Nature, my follow up book to Tiny Houses, quietly slipped into the marketplace on March 21. No fanfare, just another title for the shelves, but slowly, over the last few weeks, momentum has built up and there's been some really cool publicity.
Over at the Brooklyn Rail, Helen Mitsios reviewed the book. Framing it as a study in personal utopias she writes, "The Micro Green homes resonate with another era—one in which people rejected the boredom of consumer society, opposed war, and organized protests to nuclear weapons." I think my growing up in Berkeley in the seventies is showing.
Details magazine put Micro Green on their Required Reading for the Design Obsessed list, calling it "an anti-McMansion manifesto." Which seems okay, considering that CCCP: Cosmic Communist Constructions Photographed also makes the cut.
Finally, in John Hill's review over at A Weekly Dose of Architecture, he took a shine to the more DIY houses in the book: Michael Janzen's Tiny Free House and Derek and Dustin Diedrickson's Backwoods Skyscraper. These two scrappy projects are very much a little 'a' take on architecture and perhaps best represent the trend within small house living for a kind of hand-crafted agency.
I'll be joining the irrepressible Derek "Deek" Diedrickson in July for the Tiny House/Shelter Workshop in Stoughton, MA, which will be a howling good time. There is nothing quite like giving a writer power tools.