the TED 2012 conference just ended here in long beach, ca. if you're not familiar, TED is a conference that brings together great thinkers of technology, entertainment and design into one forum. the conference focuses around talks that are always inspiring and cover a range of topics. they can also be viewed online, if you're so inclined.
in conjunction with the TED conference, a new low cost C6 modular home by LivingHomes made its debut. C6 was designed in collaboration with make it right, the non-profit organization created by brad pitt and architect william mcdonough in response to the housing plight that struck new orleans after hurricane katrina. all the materials utilized in the construction of these homes are sustainable, recyclable, and non-toxic. the icing: the homes are affordable and aesthetically pleasing. (read more about the C6 TED installation via cool hunting.)
i have always thought building a home from the ground up would be such an amazing project. (#bucketlist.) imagine having the ability to really customize your home, selecting the layout, all the finishes and materials, and witnessing the progress. going the modular route may even take some of the headache out of the task or, at the very least, make it more manageable. while i really love old homes with lots of character and history, i can also go the polar opposite and appreciate a home with clean, modern lines.
in our time together, my other half and i have lived in so many different homes. since moving back to southern california from new york, we've lived in a 1920's apartment full of charm, a modern high rise (see above), a Tudor home by the beach, and now a spanish home in a quaint neighborhood. talk about decorating conundrums! in southern california, we are fortunate enough to have many home types to choose from - spanish, modern, bungalow, craftsman, cape cod...as much as we move, i think we may end up living in each type! which type do you prefer?
image source: all photos via this article found on cool hunting