More than just a design trend, tiny living has become a social movement. As a lifestyle, its features are appealing: a lower cost of living, more environmentally conscious habits, and most importantly, the promise of living mortgage and debt free.… 1/6
As part of the digital series Living Rooms, @CristinaMDAmico explains that the tiny house isn't a full-blown solution to our housing problems because the crisis is far too complex to be solved by individual consumer choices. More here:… 2/6
The tiny-house fantasy imagines that the solution to a nation’s housing crisis lies with the individual as opposed to with collective action and broad-based social change. Read @CristinaMDAmico’s full article here:… 3/6
Though it sells itself as a more affordable path to home ownership, tiny living is financially inaccessible for large swaths of the population. If housing justice is truly our goal, then tiny living leaves a large contingent of people behind.… 4/6
It may be possible to use tiny homes to mitigate our housing problems, but only through a community-oriented approach. If tiny homes can shed their pioneering garb, they may contribute to a necessary paradigm shift in the way we live. More here:… 5/6
To tell you more about housing and why it matters for all, @CristinaMDAmico will be speaking at @CMHC_ca presents The #WalrusTalks at Home: Housing, tomorrow from 7–8 p.m. ET. Register here:… 6/6

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