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A very pretty tiny house

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How small a space can a person inhabit comfortably? Tiny houses have become a popular form

of architectural experimentation lately—and even amid this creativity, a new design out of Green Mountain College in Vermont stands out: a curvaceous, incandescent module far grander than its 70 square feet of living space would suggest. The house was built by students under the direction of environmental studies professor Lucas Brown, and it’s loaded with off-the-grid features—solar panel electricity, a system that feeds rainwater into the kitchen and the toilet, and a compost device for human waste. The house is designed to be towed on a trailer behind a 4-cylinder car and is billed as the dwelling of the new American Dream—a tidy, cultivated space for eco-conscious, rootless millennials who understand very well they’ll never be able to buy into their parents’ old neighborhoods.

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