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What is Slow Architecture?

If Slow Architecture sounds interesting to you but you’re not in the market to build a new house, you’re in luck. Since Slow Architecture’s focus is on using existing structures and objects, you can use Slow Architecture concepts to use the space and objects you have more efficiently.

Things you can do to “slow” your house down:

  • Fix it — don’t throw it out: Although many of the objects we have in our houses are meant to be disposable, Americans throw out many things that are actually fixable. Next time something breaks or looks a little worn, ask yourself if you can fix it.
  • Centralize: Make a hub in your house for family/personal activity. John Brown suggests that one should not see his house as a series of rooms on a floor plan, but instead see it as a series of places where you do certain activities. In many houses, the kitchen is the hub of the house. What can you do to use the space in your kitchen to accommodate all of your activities?
  • Relax: Turn off the cell phone, Internet, and television for a few minutes every day. Cook a simple dinner, turn off the TV, and eat together as a family. Slow Architecture promotes independence and calmness. It costs nothing to give yourself a few minutes of quiet.

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7:55AM PST on Jan 7, 2013

Thanks.

6:09PM PST on Jan 4, 2013

Thanks

9:57AM PST on Nov 25, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

8:38AM PDT on Aug 27, 2012

Getting back to basics. Society is caught up with the need of having the latest and priciest item, with the full kowledge that these items come with a short life span. It will take time for society to be really in tune with preserving all natural resources, we live in such a throw-away culture that this style is second nature to so many. Mass production come with low quality, but , seems to be acceptable to the consumer. Slow arch- never really heard of this, but seems like a good concept.

2:45PM PDT on Jul 12, 2012

interesting

8:05AM PDT on Jun 25, 2012

great article!

12:22AM PDT on Jun 25, 2012

Yes! That's the way of living... keeping it slow and simple.......making time for your family and yourself......and making the (good) difference together

5:32PM PDT on Jun 15, 2012

Thanks

12:11AM PDT on May 13, 2012

I like the idea, and I definitely will look for that when I can manage to buy a house... sigh.

10:28AM PDT on May 10, 2012

This would be a dream come true to me!
Thank you!

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