In 2002 on a whim I purchased an abandoned homestead cabin in Joshua Tree, California. The cabin housed my Ecoshack design lab project, which was founded in 2003 and active in academic and other sustainability experiments, including the ‘Green Tent’ competition. Ecoshack presented during Andrea Zittel's  High Desert Test Sites in 2004 and 2008. It was featured in The New York Times and elsewhere. 

Ecoshack operated in Los Angeles as well, designing and manufacturing small structures and architectural products like yurts, greenhouses, outhouses, tipis, tent cities, campsites and homesteading products, all of which fell under the mantra "Lighten Up!"


Eventually I turned the cabin that housed Ecoshack into a very popular Airbnb (see JT Homesteader).

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Joshua Tree, California

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