The Impossible City

Case study curated by Harry Millington-Palmer


In a small town called Nickelsville, Seattle, Virginia, a non-for-profit project called The Impossible City is having a drastic impact on homelessness. The project was organised by an organisation called Sawhorse Revolution, whom are known for their generosity through building structures for the mistreated. Their method is by using donations and government fundings to help build a tiny village full of eco-friendly tiny houses. Additionally, the participants whom are building the project are mostly youth. The idea behind this is to challenge the young and give them a positive mindset of giving and sustainability. Roughly 6-24 teenagers gather together to support, design and build these tiny houses. Since the kickstarter was released, the organisation has been able to build 2 tiny home villages and 2 encampments that feature tiny homes. They hope to build another 2 more villages that will house 30-50 people by the end of 2017

Personal Appeal

I’ve always loved small enclosed area designs, due to their smart use of space and comforting feeling. Although this project’s impact on homelessness appeals to me, I find myself more so attracted to the strong sense of community that this project has developed and also the ergonomic/eco-friendly designs. I myself would consider funding/buying a tiny house in the near future for a holiday getaway. Additionally, this project will help people understand how, as a society, we use much more space than we actually need to live comfortably.


This design project holds a plentiful amount of values such as generosity, local resource, inclusiveness, community, recycling, contribution and many many more.

Tiny Homes Foundation

Tiny Homes Foundation is a not for profit organisation dedicated to providing socially, environmentally and economically sustainable affordable housing solutions and support for people experiencing homelessness.

Save Our Sons

Duchenne is a severe muscle-wasting condition which affects one in 3,500 boys. It is the number one genetic killer of young boys worldwide, affects girls in rare cases and to-date has no cure.

Funds raised by the Walk to Save Our Sons go towards:

  • Medical equipment to improve the quality of life of Duchenne children
  • Placing a specialised Duchenne nurse in every Australian children’s hospital
  • Scientific research and clinical trials to find a cure for Duchenne

Mobile Homeless Homes

Bringing together imaginative people and discarded materials to make sturdy, innovative, and mobile shelters for homeless people.