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.