The dream of a home in the suburbs with a white picket fence is changing. Between housing crises and homelessness, mounting debt and downsizing, home ownership has become increasingly less attainable. The tiny house movement is a direct response to these forces, with cities and designers asking whether micro dwellings can address pressing issues or if they are glorifying unhealthy living conditions. Throughout 2018, tiny houses were one of the most popular topics searched for on ArchDaily, growing 75% over the previous year, and first on our list of trends that will impact architecture in 2019. Architects are faced with a range of questions, including whether tiny houses can provide eco-conscious and affordable housing as a response to a narrowing housing supply. The movement is also innately tied to changing attitudes about privilege, wealth and materialism. The trend towards tiny living is growing in both urban and rural environments alike, and the debate on tiny homes continues because the definitions of the movement are diverse and often tied to local housing markets.
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