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When less is more

When less is more

By Marina Ortiz Mingot

Today this situation has normalized, and although there are still obvious differences, living in a small house no longer has to be a sign of poor quality of life. Proof of this is the movement of the Tiny Houses; The objective of these homes is to reduce and optimize spaces to provide lower cost, greater freedom and connection with the environment.

This movement emerged in Japan in the 1990s as kyosho jutaku (“micro houses”), at a time when exorbitant home prices and the recession forced thousands of young Tokyoites to move into smaller spaces. on the periphery. And in recent years, this trend has become fashionable as the number of followers of this philosophy of life increases day by day around the world. Its predecessor, in the United States, the young designer Jay Schafer, faced with the need to simplify his life, decided to create a house so small that there would hardly be enough things other than his clothes, essential furniture, appliances, basic kitchen and hygiene utensils, and of course, himself. His initial motivation was the desire not to have to spend time cleaning and tidying up superfluous objects; And in this sense, the approach was perfect, because when there is no space the less basic gadgets are superfluous. Today, some 17 years later, Schafer has its own manufacturing and sales companies for “nanohabitats” and its idea extends to different countries around the world.


In addition to reducing the bills and the efforts that a large house implies when cleaning and maintaining it, the energy consumption is much lower and therefore the level of pollution that it contributes is also lower. In addition, the materials with which they are built are usually wood and sustainable products, so the Tiny Houses also become an initiative of respect for the environment.

This movement is becoming more widespread and more imitated, because with its different architectural alternatives and its easy adaptation to the chosen environment, they are no longer just individual houses but even small families dare with this new way of living, where the right it is necessary and less is more.

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Video: Downsize Your Life: Why Less is More. Rita Wilkins. TEDxWilmingtonWomen (September 2021).