Contemporary home design that focuses on sustainability is often associated with compromise. When opting to �live better� or more sustainably, we often think of sacrifice, sometimes extensively; giving up many creature comforts and living only with the necessities. At the same time, mainstream residential design has exploded in size and resource consumption. Since 1975, the average single family home has increased by 50%, while the average family size has decreased from 3.1 to 2.6. Similarly, the average kitchen has tripled in size from 80 square feet in the mid 20th century, to nearly 300 square feet. Approaching Life_Edited from an architect and designer�s perspective, we sought a solution that retained the best parts of modern sustainable living, while paring off the excess.
Conservation, sustainability and green building are riddled with diametrically opposite terms: more and less, bigger and smaller, with and without, and so on. In inserting addition and subtraction to the vocabulary, we assert that the industry does not have to be so consumed with combating opposites. Rather, these terms can be used conjointly and cooperatively to achieve a similar goal. We are faced with the question, how can we use less space to accomplish more, design flexibility and multiplicity from singularity, do away with duplicity and eliminate the need for "bigger."
PLUS/MINUS critically examines every part of what has become the standard dwelling unit, adding and subtracting to improve the status quo. Understanding what was necessary to conserve space and resources to live more sustainable was only a jumping off point; instilling those values into every part of this habitat was our answer.