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http://www.cubeproject.org.uk/

The Cube Project is an initiative of Dr Mike Page at the University of Hertfordshire who set out to build a compact home, no bigger than 3x3x3 metres on the inside, in which one person could live a comfortable, modern existence with a minimum impact on the environment.

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These sort of projects seem to create the worst of both worlds. I think if we are going to dedicate our race to efficient living it will have to make us move past "smaller is more efficient" to "nothing is more efficient" because we have this three-dimensional boundary expressed by our body. Since all our bodies are different the small solutions become inefficient for non-small humans.

The alternative really is to outsource everything. Why try to fit your belongings into those three storage compartments if you have seasons, cleanse in a 800mmx800mm shower if your are large-bodied, make do with a two seater-sofa if you have two friends... In the future the acts of sleeping, hygiene, storage, eating, entertaining and socialising will have to be separated and each act will be placed and delivered by an outsourced unit. In return we will create jobs that offset the losses from technological advances. Unfortunately we are stopping ourselves from reaching this way of life by overdesigned service providers, charging $10 for a breakfast or lunch at a vendor, $40 for a dinner at a restaurant and not providing rentable and reasonably-priced shower and sleeping services throughout the land.

We have a long way to go. Try living a life by only using public toilets. There are few and far between and the quality is a hit and miss. The same holds true for eating establishments, entertainment venues and resting places.

Edited by sydney3000

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I think I would prefer a motorhome.

Same size, but with the added advantage of giving you new scenery every day if you wish.

I spent 4 weeks in a motorhome last year, and the claustrophobic interior does get to you at times.

I understand the purpose for the experiment, but we have to ask, what would be the difference between that, and living in prison - other than the door is not locked!!

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Fantastic!,... if your block is only 4m square, otherwise I have no idea why anyone would want to live in a home of any size, with stairs between living spaces.

Personally if I was into minimalist housing, I'd look at basing my accommodation on a 12m (40') shipping container

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Personally if I was into minimalist housing, I'd look at basing my accommodation on a 12m (40') shipping container

Apparently the Victorian government forbids conversions, may be the same for other states. However there are companies that manufacture portable units the size of containers. I had info about a company that made them in Itay but the importer seems to have gone out of business.

http://www.simplesus...dpost__p__11339

There are others that seem to sell a similiar/same type of unit:

http://www.portconta..._containers.htm

http://www.shippingc...tion_units.html

http://www.army-tech...rt-box-cp3.html

For the first two links, the The Longbeach - Accommodation Container was similar/the same to what I previously looked into buying (12 metres long, 2 metres wide). These were around 60k back in early 2009 while "blank" ones were around 36k IIRC. If you can work out an Italian company that manufactures them and buy direct instead of through an importer then they may be significantly less (AUD is now stronger and Italian economy weaker).

Hey Boz! Can you find us some manufacturers so we can buy direct? smile.gif

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are these really comfortable? or claustrophobic?

I prefer a larger luxury home, with more space not just for me personally, but also private space away from the neighbours

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