Can living small go big? Fresh off its premiere at SXSW 2013, TINY, a film about families living in homes smaller than a parking space and one couple’s attempts to build a similarly scaled house for themselves, will feel perfectly sized for a screening TONIGHT in the street-turned-pedestrian plaza atmosphere of Annie Alley (between the SPUR offices on Mission near third and the Sheraton Palace hotel on New Montgomery and Market, close to Montgomery BART/MUNI). As a sneak peek of the 2013 San Francisco Green Film Festival kicking off a week later, TINY will be followed by a panel discussion with the filmmakers.
SPUR (originally the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association) is producing this event, which is not specifically cohousing-focused. However, many area cohousers are exploring the potential for tiny homes clustered, perhaps in the style of a trailer park, to form the basis of a cohousing neighborhood -- this could be a good opportunity to talk with urban planners and tiny-home activists about how to move their movement beyond the one-house-at-a-time isolated level it is at now. If you engage folks there, always be polite and focus on listening/empathizing; don't assume they understand cohousing or its advantages, but do be on the lookout for people with passion that we can partner with in our own quest for community. We just learned that Jay Shafer of Four Lights Home Company, the folks promoting the concept of a Tiny House cohousing neighborhood in the North Bay, will be present for the Q&A.
Co-presented by the San Francisco Green Film Festival and generously sponsored by the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District.
+ Christopher Smith, TINY
+ Merete Mueller, TINY
Note: RSVPing here is not necessarily enough. Get a free ticket via the SPUR website:
Cohousing Coach/Cohousing California regional organizer Raines Cohen is a SPUR member and has invited participants in a recent Tiny Home Village gathering hosted by East Bay Cohousing; here's more about the host organization: With offices in San Francisco and San Jose, SPUR brings people together to address the major urban and regional issues of our day. Our work spans eight program areas: Community Planning, Disaster Planning, Economic Development, Good Government, Housing, Regional Planning, Sustainable Development and Transportation. We are recognized as a leading civic planning organization and respected for our independent and holistic approach to urban issues.
First Image courtsey Flickr user Jenn Wrenn