This summer something very special is going on at the Grow Calgary site. They are hosting a Micro-home building competition. Throughout the summer 15-20 groups will be building their tiny houses and micro-houses at the Grow Calgary site. Check out the details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/165800534149911/
The organizers see how micro-homes and tiny houses could be solutions to homelessness and an array of other social issues. This competition will shed light of what is up and coming and how people should start to take a serious look at this option to house ourselves. GeoStudios is on the same page with a view towards creating entire communities of tiny & micro homes.
But the homeless will not be the driver behind this movement. There is a growing population of interested future (tiny house and micro-home) residents out there who want the benefits of off-grid, lower cost housing. GeoStudios is working towards our own solution for off grid living/camping with it’s 100 sq ft model “GS3” at Good Spirit Acres. After placement at their riverside campsite, the GS3 model will have the comforts of an RV without the expense. This unit will be rentable by the day or week. Schedule of prices and availability will be created in April Stay tuned to this FB page for more developments or go to www.geostudios.ca
It’s gonna be an interesting summer!
There really is no lack of great ideas when it comes to housing ourselves.
While we in the west struggle to create a supply of affordable housing for everyone, others in third world countries don’t face the same challenges we do. Our obstacles are mostly regulatory, bureaucratic and have to do with a dated financial system that makes ownership a challenge even for two-income families.
But in many countries their struggle has more to do with resources, a workforce that lacks trade skills and they too have financial obstacles. Their regulations however are much less of a challenge. Which allows for an atmosphere of innovation and a willingness to try new things. This type of low-cost solution is a perfect example of what can happen when restrictions are few:
Building something like this would be doable in Canada, but obviously not a permanent (year-round) solution. Nevertheless, it is inspiring to see!
Gilles Leclair is the founder of GeoStudios. Somewhat eccentric, fairly environmentalist, politically aware, he believes the world should have more off-grid communities... many more.