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Life in the dumps

September 11th, 2014 at 10:24 am

So I read an interesting article about a college professor who is currently living inside a dumpster. He did add a roof on it, but I have to really wonder: Of all the man-made objects he could have picked, why a dumpster bin?

On the upside, the rolling open air roof is pretty neat.

6 Responses to “Life in the dumps”

  1. doingitallwrong Says:

    Interesting. I've been looking at tiny homes a lot lately but that is definitely the tiniest! As for why a dumpster, on the project website they say, " A dumpster is the perfect symbol to present themes on waste and consumption in an engaging way. Itís weird. Itís fun. It gets the wheels of imagination turning."

    Plus I suspect it might have been free. Smile

  2. scfr Says:

    Oh yeah, he's a local guy so has gotten a fair bit of coverage in the local news. The city motto is "Keep Austin Weird" after all.

  3. Tabs Says:

    Ah, so it's symbolic eh? That makes sense. Doesn't sound like a permanent dwelling though, which I suppose I should not be surprised. I was just thinking to myself that, for space of even that size, he could have easily found or built other types of more practical or less controversial structures for dwelling. As you said, however, he could also have gotten it for free or dirt cheap. Haha. Dirt. Cheap. No, nevermind.

  4. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    That reminds me-- I need to contact my city to tell them the dumpster in our alley is rusting through the bottom. Wink
    I immediately thought, why doesn't he go down into the earth with his expansion? That would buffer some of the temperature problems.

  5. Tabs Says:

    A Hobbit at heart, eh? Or perhaps more Dwarven by nature? In any case, I like the idea of an underground shelter myself, but it would appear that they tend to be somewhat more expensive, if nothing else because underground structures require support to make sure they do not collapse on you. Also, I'm not sure if the DOA would appreciate that. That's the Dumpster Owners Association. They wield such tyrannical powers.

  6. PatientSaver Says:

    This is fascinating, and it gives new meaning to the whole "small house" movement. It's definitely not for me, but I give him huge kudos for getting his students to think about "can you have a pretty darn good life on much, much less?"

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