The fulcrum of the green building revolution, I think, is conservation and living happily with less. It’ll be interesting to see how we get there, to see if we can live lighter. In the meantime, I like to monitor small projects to see what piques the interest of crowds. Lately Abōd® has been getting some quality attention. Abōd was honored by the AIA this year with a Small Project Award. The AIA explained the concept: "The design goal was to develop a breakthrough in value-engineered lowest cost housing with an extensive array of add-on options to personalize each home. The resulting design incorporating the Catenary arch is simple and structurally sound but also aesthetically pleasing and can be built by 4 people in just one day with only a screwdriver and an awl."
Abōd is affordable, lightweight, easy to assemble/disassemble, and can be shipped complete in a 4′ x 12′ x 2′ box. It’s expandable, too. If your home grows, you can add-on extra Abōd units to create a larger home structure. It’s quite the incredible little home, don’t you think?