There's a lot to like about Jason Sussberg's 16mm film about author and publisher Lloyd Kahn, who built his cool home from recycled materials.
Kahn was known as the "geodesic dome guru" in the early 70s, but when he starting studying roadside shacks he realized,"That's really simple. These guys probably have it more together than we do with all our fancy mathematics and plastics and caulks. So I'd given up on domes, and taken the dome book out of print."
Things I really liked about the film: At around 3:10 he makes a handle for a sliding barn door out of a crooked piece of wood. At 5:26 he makes green pasta. And best of all, at around 4:00, he gets on a longboard and skates down an ugly subdivision street with more grace than a teenager. Kahn is 75.
Lloyd Kahn claims that shelter is more than a roof over your head. As the author and publisher of over a dozen books on home construction, Lloyd has been grappling with the concept of home, physically and psychically, for over five decades. Situated in the financial and housing crisis, this film profiles Lloyd's ideas on do-it-yourself construction and sustainability.
(Via Homegrown Evolution)
Video profile of Shelter Publications editor Lloyd Kahn
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