The synchronicity of the tiny house and nomad movement may be telling us that it’s time to go back to the basics. It’s time to remember the spirit of the conic/triangular shape. Fortunately, with state-of-the-art technology, we can transform traditional tents into something more flexible and comfortable enough to fit in modern life style.
Yoshino Cedar House is a collaboration between Airbnb and Yoshino-cho, a rural Japanese town in Kansai and a producer of high quality cedar. As it struggles to compete in a global market in which prices and efficiency are everything, this project paves new opportunities for true sharing.
Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto is a master of ambiguity. With Rental Space Tower, he blurs boundaries between ownership and rental. New potential emerge.
For a truly sustainable world, everyone, not just professionals and experts, needs to participate in “designing.” There is so much we can learn from architects, because architecture is at the forefront of designing the nature-human interaction, which can ultimately determine how sustainable and resilient our society is going to be.
In an increasingly resource constrained and crowded world, values cherished by the modern economy may look obsolete. Instead, attributes that we thought were negative, will start revealing their true power. It’s the potential that helps us become resilient and feel satisfied. This may sound peculiar, and may not fall within a conventional sustainable architecture discussion, but is becoming increasingly critical.
Peculiar perspective of sustainable architecture
Architect Shigeru Ban has been actively involved in disaster relief projects in many parts of the world, by designing and providing temporary shelters. When he imagined a next generation house, it became tiny, flexible, mobile, temporary, agile, editable and adjustable.
Airbnb & Go Hasegawa designed Yoshino Cedar House to re-brand traditional values denied by modern economy. Airbnb helps locals share such values globally.