Intentional Pocket Neighborhoods in Portland

From agile neighborhoods for veterans or the unhoused, to pocket hoods for Portlanders, the dozens of co-housing villages designed by Mark Lakeman are nationally recognized and in demand. “All my work, and all the permaculture, comes under an overall unifying heading. That is ReVillaging, you might say,” Mark explained, “With USA neighborhoods being mostly expressions … Read more

A Couple’s Hand Cranked Utopia

In 1978 the Howards were urban professionals. Wanting a simpler, more meaningful life on a smaller budget, the family-of-4 lived on $18K/year, reducing costs to $10K/year after moving to their “intentional” Colorado homestead. They moved into an abandoned double-wide trailer on their 35 acre property and began raising chickens and goats for milk, as well … Read more

Unique Whimsical Waterfront Home in Maine

Whimsical details abound inside and out at this one-of-a-kind home on Sturgeon Creek in Elliot Maine. Inside, you’ll find over 4400 square feet of living space that will surprise and delight you at every turn. There are options for bedrooms, great rooms, home office, art studio, music room, exercise room, root cellar, sauna, 4-season sunroom/potting … Read more

Lo-TEK: Design by Radical Indigenism

In her book Lo-TEK: Design by Radical Indigenism, Julia Watson proposes to revalue the techniques of construction, production, cultivation and extraction carried out by diverse remote populations who, generation after generation, have managed to keep alive ancestral cultural practices integrated with nature, with a low environmental cost and simple execution. While modern societies try to … Read more