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  1. Erik
    Erik September 12, 2014 7:11 am

    Would it be inappropriate to say he lives in a dump?

  2. Kyle Rearden
    Kyle Rearden September 12, 2014 7:11 am

    Claire, “Professor Dumpster” may indeed have jumped the shark, yet, I was expecting something like this. Ever since freeganism made its major public debut back in 2005, I’ve witnessed more people becoming more comfortable with dumpster diving. Unlike John Hoffman, the freegans like to spew socialist rhetoric while they teach people how to go about “urban foraging,” but I think ultimately they are doing a good thing pointing out all the food waste caused by Big Food. I think it was only a matter of time until the tiny house folks collided with the freegans in some way, and it would seem that now they have.

  3. Joel
    Joel September 12, 2014 7:43 am

    Hipsters – they ruin it for everybody.

    Also, missing the point. A small-footprint home that’s uninhabitable without 24/7 air conditioning? None of his soft-credit students see a problem with that?

    Piling on – lest I seem less hostile to this guy than I actually am – “less than $10,000?” Seriously? With $10,000 and access to transport for scrounged materials, I know people who could build you a palace.

  4. KenK
    KenK September 12, 2014 8:35 am

    Getting the peons to think favela living is trendy and hip.These are the same kind of people who would look down at folks living in a house trailer (because they’re a step up from a crappy little apartment) too. Go figure? Welcome to the nascent United States of Brasil.

  5. Jim B.
    Jim B. September 12, 2014 8:21 pm

    Er, No!

    I think this guy is just doing it for the attention getting.

    I do think there is a practical limit on how small you can go, especially if one is intent on living long term in a small home. You could sleep in a Bivy Bag for a few days, like when you’re on a trip. When you’re living for weeks, months, years, you need some space and storage. I would not go smaller than the Tumbleweed type house long term.

  6. LarryA
    LarryA September 12, 2014 10:25 pm

    Well, he’s keeping Austin weird.

    Pulling up data on his computer from inside his centrally cooled office as we spoke, he announced that the dumpster was currently 104 degrees.

    Bet, beside his computer, that’s where his books, records, and other stuff are.

    Currently, he uses facilities at the university’s gym.

    Another auxiliary living space.

    For ten grand you can get a new Quonset hut.

  7. LarryA
    LarryA September 13, 2014 9:55 am

    Would it be inappropriate to say he lives in a dump?

    Yes, inappropriate.

    He may sleep in a dump, but if he can’t take a dump he doesn’t really “live” there.

  8. LibertyNews
    LibertyNews September 13, 2014 11:28 am

    I like these different small-house ideas. This guy doesn’t seem to have done his research, but he’ll learn 🙂 My minimum requirements for ‘a house’ would be the ability to have visitors. His dumpster is just a glorified puptent, now these are some real houses:

  9. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty September 13, 2014 2:05 pm

    Kyle, people waste food through their own choices and preferences. “Big food” can’t “cause” people to waste food any more than the gun on my hip can fire itself without my participation. People have to be responsible for how they use what they have, whatever it is and however they got it.

    And yes, this whole dumpster “house” is a joke. Cute for a little while, perhaps, but I see it is already growing and growing…

  10. Paul Bonneau
    Paul Bonneau September 14, 2014 4:04 pm

    Typical academic, no connection to reality – $10k for a nice dumpster. Yeah, that makes sense.

  11. Matt, another
    Matt, another September 14, 2014 6:54 pm

    My parents had tiny houses more than once. The best variant was a prefab shed they insulated and connected to 12 volt. Kitchen on one end, living space the other. When money was better they added a second for bathroom and bed space.

  12. Don
    Don September 19, 2014 6:45 pm

    The only way people can live in these so called *tiny houses* is if they spend most of their time elsewhere. Seriously, a dumpster? You’re not going to get much living done in there, it’s nothing but a curiosity for other idiots to fawn over and a place to hang out briefly when everyone else has kicked you out.

    See how many follow up reviews you can find about people living in a so called *tiny house* 5 or 10 years down the line. There ain’t none, because the whole thing is a silly novelty.

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