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The Kasita: Home is Where the Smart Is

Ever thought of taking your home with you? Well, now there is a company that will do just that.

The company is called Kasita (meaning ‘little home’) and it promises to deliver micro-homes at affordable prices.  Next stop, Austin, Texas!

The concept is the dream-child of Dr. Jeff Wilson, who is an environmental studies professor and dean at Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas.

The modules are steel and measure 10×20 feet.  It’s made for downtown and it offers everything you would find in a larger home such as washer/dryer, toilets, showers and even a sound system in the floor.  White walls, reflective surfaces and higher ceilings will give your brain the sense that you are living in a much larger space.

The front wall is made of enclosed glass which gives you a larger view of the world just outside.  Jeff Wilson, project director calls this the “personal expression space”.  No desks or furniture,  just a glass space.

Jeff’s dream is that these modules will be part of a vast, global network of micro-homes located throughout the cities of the world.  The idea is not to rent spaces, but rather have your own space that you can take with you.  He envisions racks of up to 9 modules in one place.  A place where you can plug-in your home.   Hook up water, sewage, etc.   And if you want to move to another city, you move your module to another rack located in another city.

It all started with one professors school project and dream called the Dumpster Project.

The concept began when Professor Dumpster, i.e. Jeff Wilson, PHD embarked on a year long experiment; yes, to live in a dumpster. He turned a 33 square foot dumpster into a not-so conventional living space.

The Dumpster Project on the campus of Huston-Tillotson University

The Dumpster Project on the campus of Huston-Tillotson University

At first, his students laughed at the notion.  Jeff writes, “What’s interesting about this is it’s really testing the limits of what you need in a home.”  He tested the limits of what is needed as the smallest living space possible. The dumpster still sits on campus as a reminder of the project and as an educational tool for students, artists and educators.

Jeff learned a few things while living in such a small space for a  year. Lower rent, lower utility payments, less time spent doing chores, a shorter commute to work (his Dumpster was on campus) and less money spent on unnecessary possessions. More importantly, Jeff took his idea to create a company all about small and compact living space.

“The Dumpster Projected aimed to create the most high-tech, sustainable micro living space in the World.” Jeff says, “there are a lot of possibilities. We could end up with a house under $10,000 that can be placed anywhere in the world with sunlight and surface water. People could have a pretty good life. We could also end up with the ultimate, West Texas hunting blind.”

Jeff began to realize that conceptually, a small space like a dumpster could move anywhere; rent was low; commutes were short; and the local neighborhood became an intimate living room.

“As the experiment drew to a close, Wilson took what he’d learned and returned to the drawing board where Kasita came to life, a new category of home that married iconic design and pioneering technology with insights gleaned from a trashcan.” (Kasita Website)

The concept is quite exciting and captures the ‘futuristic’ side of all of us.  You never know, you may just see these modules coming to a city near you.


What living in a dumpster for a year taught this professor about the things we don’t need. (The Washington Post)
The Dumpster Project
Kastia Website
NPR – Could A Tiny Mobile Studio Solve Your Housing Crisis?

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