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Building Sustainability

Joel Weber

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Building Sustainability

Joel Weber

In a culture constantly wanting more and more, I found myself happy with less and less. After deciding to attend a university, I felt the pressure of compromising my personal freedom with the high costs of obtaining an education. In the US alone, student loans total around 1.3 trillion dollars with the average student owing $37,172 at graduation. I made up my mind to build a more sustainable lifestyle, one free of debt that allows me to prioritize the things I love. Since one of the most expensive factors in pursuing an education is housing, I turned to my creative process to design and craft my own dwelling. After collaborating with building experts, finding support within my community, and persevering past the critiques, my house came to life. At only 145 square feet, it is considered a tiny house, yet it has grown into something much larger. My tiny house is a prototype constantly revealing new aspects of what sustainability is in relation to our homes, communities, societies, and lifestyles. Found within the framework is an ever growing number of life lessons, but most importantly my ability to build the sustainable future I desired.