Tiny House Symposium and Summit Take on Big Issues This Morning

Are tiny houses the solution to many of society's ills? Artist Lauri Lynnxe Murphy is exploring tiny houses as a sustainability move, and a way to educate people about climate change; she's been writing about the Mayday Experiment in articles here. Now, Off the Grid is sponsoring a series of events to explore the possibility that tiny houses could be the answer to Denver's affordable-housing crunch.

The series kicks off at 8 a.m. Thursday, August 11, with the Tiny House Symposium, "In Search of Density," at the Temple, 2400 Curtis Street. I'll be moderating a panel that includes Kyle Zeppelin of Zeppelin Development; Chris Spelke of the Denver Housing Authority; Kory Whitaker, real-estate manager for Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver; and Byron Fears of Simblissity Tiny Homes.

We'll be talking affordable housing in Denver and creative ways to approach urban infill. Bring your questions; snacks will be provided by the Temple Bakery, Long I Pie Shop and Five Points Pizza. Admission is free. 

Then see six tiny houses in action at the Tiny House Summit at the Denver Flea, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, August 13, and Sunday, August 14, in City Park. Tiny house vendors Simblissity, Tiny Houses by Darla, Cirque House, Oh Ma Ha Tiny Houses and Outlier will be on hand, as will HW Home, a Colorado- based company that's curating the tiny houses.

Admission to this weekend's Denver Flea is free, find out more at

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