Life Edited: Graham Hill’s Design Contest Promotes Happiness By Living With Less

Life Edited: Graham Hill’s Design Contest Promotes Happiness By Living With Less

Treehugger's founder launches the design competition, "Life Edited" to encourage more people to live with less.

Kyana Gordon
  • 4 november 2010

Is it possible to reduce our environmental footprint, save money, and lead a freer, less cluttered life? According to Treehugger founder, Graham Hill, the answer is a resounding yes! With the average home size in the United States doubling in the past century and happiness levels remaining flat, Hill believes it is possible to be happier by reducing the size of our homes, cars, and belongings. Hill explains his personal mantra:

We really have a culture of excess. We have excess, we’re not any happier and what you’ll see again and again are people who really cut back and really edit their lives will find themselves much happier. They have more mental clarity. They end up having more time and it’s often better financially.

To bring the conversation public, Hill’s recently launched design competition, Life Edited, dares people to propose innovative ways to transform the 420sf apartment he will renovate in 2011. The goal is to create an ultra-low-impact living and workspace by cutting out extraneous stuff, digitizing media, and creating spaces that can serve multiple functions. Reading the full creative brief and you’ll find how the future design modifications must include a lounge that doubles as a guest room, accommodations for two overnight guests, the occasional twelve-person dinner party, and a home office.

With $70,000 in cash, products, and contracts to the best ideas, Hill will literally live with the results of the winning concept.

Graham Hill of Treehugger Introduces LifeEdited from jovoto on Vimeo.

Life Edited

Flickr set of apartment’s current state


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