Rural Studio/Samuel Mockbee/Alabama

“Fine architecture is usually reserved for wealthy patrons or grand civic spaces. But in 1993, Auburn University Professor Samuel Mockbee set out to change that. He founded The Rural Studio, which guides students in the design and construction of homes and community spaces in economically depressed Hale County, Alabama.”

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About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

3 Responses to Rural Studio/Samuel Mockbee/Alabama

  1. Hey Thanks Lloyd! Mockbee and the Rural Studio is a model for the things that I'm trying to do at TAMUC. We've already started a community garden- just in its second year, but we're starting our second site, and I have hopes of six gardens in our town of 8500. I've talked to everyone about tiny houses…It's definitely going to happen, things just take a bit longer than you'd like sometimes, that's all. But we have a dedicated group of good people, and a supportive administration. Full speed ahead!

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