Tiny House update and more

On Tiny Houses Our last blog was about the date claimer for the Tiny Houses and Eco-Villages event held in Doonan (Qld) on 4 August. The event was an absolute winner, drawing a big crowd; and the speakers were excellent covering a variety of very interesting topics. The organiser, Jimmy Hirst of Polkadot, is planning…

Date claimer: Saturday 4 August

This is possibly the first event of its type in Queensland but the movement around tiny houses and eco-villages is growing and getting a voice that is starting to be heard in the greater community. This event will explore alternative housing models, land sharing, and ways of living. We will be speaking on the regulatory…

How many people can you fit in a tiny house?

On a cold miserable Friday…about 35!! That’s how many people made the trip to Docklands Harbour Esplanade to hear the first of the talks that were delivered as part of the Tiny Solutions event for Melbourne Knowledge Week. The rain and the wind drove us inside one of the three tiny houses on display. It was…

Are you in Melbourne ?

Here are a couple of date claimers that may be of interest: Community Housing Industry Association (Victoria) 2018 Conference On 19 April, the Community Housing Industry Association (Vic) will host its biennial conference at the Melbourne Convention Centre. The theme of this year’s event is Brave New World of Community Housing and ESC Consulting has been…

Black cube houses?

I was driving to a meeting the other day and I went past a construction site for a new house. I gasped! I was shocked! The house was…well basically, a black cube. Why was I shocked? In subtropical Queensland, your key house design should be focused on keeping your house cool, and some of the…

Brisbane Home Show

Last weekend we had the pleasure of hanging out with The Tiny House Company crew at the Brisbane Home Show. What a crowd! Their Tiny House on Wheels turned out to be very popular. It seemed that everyone wanted to check out the new ‘Swallowtail’ pod on display. The talks we delivered on planning and…

The report is out!

The summary report for the Tiny House Deep Dive held in October last year has been released. It is available on Q Shelter‘s home page. It is an excellent summary of the many discussions and ideas that came through during the workshop. The key recommendations are briefly outlined here: That a Tiny Homes Working Group…

Award for Tiny House work

So honoured and proud to have been recognised by the Australian Civic Trust and to have won the Hugh Stretton Award for Residential Development for our work in the tiny house space namely for: the Tiny House  Planning Resource with Lara Nobel (Tiny House Company), Beth Winkle (Plannery Co), Kate Meathrel (Tiny Consulting), Heather Shearer (Griffith University)…

Tiny House Deep Dive – Done!

As we come up for air after our Deep Dive, I feel energised for the next round. There was an absolute positive vibe to the room yesterday. So many passionate people wanting to make a difference in this space. It really feels like the start of something big! A big thank you to all the…

Tiny House Deep Dive

BOOKED OUT!! We have a full house for tomorrow’s Deep Dive into whether Tiny Houses can solve big issues. The event organised by QShelter and ESC Consulting is bringing together a cross section of professionals from government, not-for-profit and industry, to identify and solve the barriers to getting tiny houses on the ground. We will…

What a way to start Spring!

With a Green Heart of course! Yesterday the Green Heart Fair took place in the Carindale Recreation Reserve. It was a splendid spring day, lots of sunshine, beautiful crowds, kids racing billy carts, and great exhibits and stalls to show how we love our Green Brisbane. Jessica Osborne and I were in the Building Better…

Density and Diversity Done Well – with tiny houses of course!

At last!! We can now reveal the entry that we prepared for the Density and Diversity Done Well competition! This competition was a joint initiative of the Queensland Department for Infrastructure Local Government and Planning and the Urban Development Institute of Australia Queensland, with the endorsement of the Australian Institute of Architects and the Planning…