PechaKucha Presentation

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Carol Skinger

Artist in Pittsburgh

Portraits of Secure - Insecure Housing


Carol Skinger People fall through the cracks. Everyone here knows someone who did. Either a friend or a family member or someone you encountered yesterday. Most of us find the Tiny House Movement interesting. If you are an architecture or design student it’s a cool problem to solve. One thing folks do not picture when they say “tiny house” is a mobile home or trailer. As an artist I found two parts of my world crossing paths when I started to take commissions to paint what I call secure housing for individuals. It’s a good little niche and I use the proceeds to help support a family member who does not have secure housing (or really secure anything) who lives in a tiny home known as a trailer. While my commissioned house portraits are much loved and they are warm and illustrative, they would not be accepted in a contemporary art show. A few months ago something surprising happened. I submitted my series of small paintings of mobile homes and trailers to a juried art show at 2105 Three Rivers Arts Festival and received an important award from juror Freyda Spira Associate Curator of Drawings and Prints at Metropolitan Museum of Art, a “Best of Show”. I felt happy about this obviously, but also happy for my family member whose life inspires me to see the subject area.

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A House in Kawasaki

@ VOL 126 ON JUN 24, 2015

国内外のコンペティションで受賞が続く注目の若手建築家・三家大地さんが、ご自身の近作 '川崎の住宅' について披露します。街に溶け込む素敵な住宅の設計手法とは?

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I want to live in a Naked House

@ VOL 10 ON MAY 12, 2016

In 'I Want to Live in a Naked House' Simon Chouffot brings a breath of a fresh air to the Londong Housing Crisis.

While London's new Mayor is striving to deliver 50,000 new homes in London each year, it is people like Simon who actually make that happen!

Simon's talk was one the most talked (and tweeted) about PechaKucha of London's Vol 11 which had the theme of HOME.

Listen and have your heart warmed as Simon tells us about how everyone deserves to have their 'home sweet home'.


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How A Tiny House Journey Has Led To A Larger Life

@ VOL 15 ON NOV 15, 2016

Russ and Rebecca Clime are professional photographers who learned an important lesson early on about making life better.  Hear how they went from life in the house to simplifying in a smaller home giving them more freedom to travel and experience joy together!

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Amphibious Tiny House

@ VOL 21 ON NOV 10, 2016

Kim Bernard. Kim is currently the Artist-in-Residence at the University of New England, building a bridge between the arts and the sciences. So far, she has painted 138 henna tattoos on students, done indigo ink dying with a chemistry class, had marine biology students do art collaborations with marine critters, and made a kinetic wave sculpture with a physics class out of gummy bears, shish-kabob skewers and duct tape. When she’s not collecting ocean debris for her various art/science projects, you may find her surfing, because – as she says – “This gremlin’s hoping to get up on a foamy for the first time ever.” She’s also working on a fascinating long-range project, the likes of which you’ve probably never seen before. Let’s welcome Kim Bernard, presenting “Amphibious Tiny House”…

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The Tiny House Dream

@ VOL 1 ON NOV 11, 2016

Doug Robinson - Discussing the process of working through the designing and building, to date, of his tiny house. From growing up in Montana, he has played and worked in Wanaka for the last 10 years. He has been designing houses from bespoke houses to both modular and prefab homes, all of which are part of the design concept for his tiny house.

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Community Led Housing

@ VOL 13 ON JUL 18, 2017

James Newton talks about his passion for a different approach to housing... As cofounder of YorSpace he outlines the groups vision to create low cost, cooperatively owned, environmentally sustainable homes that create and sustain community.

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Tiny House Journal

@ VOL 32 ON SEP 26, 2017

Architect Craig Jarvis shares the realities of living in an off-grid tiny house with small children. His goal has always been to blur the line between our desire to live in a warm comfortable healthy home, and our need to be immersed in nature for our own well being. 

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Tiny houses and sustainable communities

@ VOL 25 ON FEB 28, 2018

Jimmy Hirst has been traveling the world researching Tiny Housing, sustainable communities (Eco Villages) for the past five years and looking at progressive living ideals. He believes we now have the need, the technology (like with Blockchain), and the consciousness to facilitate a shift in the western living paradigm, to help bring the mainstream population into embracing more sustainable and connective communities. He believes it’s time to reinhabit the village, holistically regenerating human and natural values, to last for generations to come.

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YorSpace: Community Led Housing

@ VOL 15 ON MAR 16, 2018

James Newton talks about his passion for a different approach to housing... As cofounder of YorSpace he outlines the groups vision to create low cost, cooperatively owned, environmentally sustainable homes that create and sustain community.