OTIS (Optimal Traveling Independent Space), the ingenious “tiny house” created in 2013 by GMC students in the College’s design/build program, was featured in a Washington Post slideshow as part of a book review on Rebecca Roke’s “Nanotecture: Tiny Built Things.” The review notes that the “small-is-beautiful ethos is also about spiritual improvement, mindfulness and a better relationship to the social and natural world.”
The class of 16 students challenged itself to design and build a living space with enough room for one person, that could be easily towed behind a typical 4-cylinder vehicle, and could provide its own water and electricity. (See a video on the design and construction). The 70 square-foot, pod-shaped tiny house includes a composting toilet, a rainwater collection system, and a single 120-watt solar panel to provide electricity. The structure can be towed on a standard 5 X 8-foot trailer.
Environmental sustainability is the foundation of Green Mountain College’s curriculum, and REED students are interested in finding ways to reduce consumption of fossil fuels and leave a smaller ecological footprint.