I'm staying in a collective of some old time commune dwellers/ philosopher teachers at Stanford University, consisting of a family of three parents with three children, plus a couple of friends, and about a dozen Stanford students. It's quite a pleasant, intelligent community, with a scientific bent, a penchant for doing good in the world, and no new ageyness. There are 3 dwellings here, two quite old, one recently renovated. The family unit is about to embark on a tear-down and rebuild of the next. I am recommending improvements to their plans, mostly tweaking and finessing the spaces without changing topology. I am being provided with food, shelter, good cheer. I hope to network a bit as the project progresses. Click the pics for blow ups.
I used to live in New York City. I designed homes for the tycoons of Wall Street; Park Avenue, Scarsdale, Greenwich. It was great fun. And, after years of saving up for a down payment, I was just about to buy my own little place in Fleetwood, half an hour north of the city, when the economy fell apart. Architects are like canaries in a coal mine when the economy slows, and true to form, there were massive layoffs in firms all over the country. Devastation of the profession. So, I decided to try to find something else to do for a while. I bought a 23' school bus and I'm on the road to see if I can figure out what that might be.