Small Living: Big Opportunities or Hidden Problems?

Image credit Adrian Carter


Free, bookings recommendedApproximately 60 minutes duration

Tiny houses figure increasingly in discussions about meeting our housing needs and some have even suggested they are a panacea for the current housing crisis. But we need to recognise they cover a range of possibilities, from self-built tiny houses on wheels to luxurious prefabricated modules capable of being stacked into multi-story structures.

In this panel discussion, we explore both the opportunities and the challenges offered by tiny houses and smaller living. These include not only finding suitable sites and ensuring they can access or provide their own water, waste management and power, but also designing them so we can live well in them.

Learn more about how to design for living well and more affordably in smaller spaces, how they are regulated, and what it’s like to live in a tiny home.

Leading the discussion:

  • Nicole Bennetts – State Manager, Queensland and Northern Territory, Planning Institute of Australia

In conversation with:

  • Dr Heather Shearer, Lecturer in the School of Environment and Science, Griffith University
  • Amy Degenhart, Director degenhartSHEDD, Urban Pure and Bubbl(up)
  • Lara Nobel, Director, Nobel Carter Architects
  • Jimmy Hirst, Jimmy Hirst, Director, Polkadot Community Inc / Tiny Houses
Acknowledgement of Country

Gold Coast Open House proudly acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which our events are held, the Kombumerri and Yugambeh Language Group families of the Gold Coast. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging, and recognise their continuing connections to the lands, waters, wildlife and extended communities throughout South East Queensland.

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