Texas native JEFF WILSON spent a YEAR living in a DUMPSTER… and re-emerged with an IDEA to REVOLUTIONISE housing.
It’s not every day you meet someone who voluntarily spent a year living in a dumpster. As environmental studies professor and dean at HustonTillotson University in Austin, Texas, Jeff Wilson wanted to push the limits of how much impact he had on the Earth. So he moved into a structure that was around one per cent of the size of the average new home in the US. It was “about 33 square feet” (three square metres) and yes, it was an actual dumpster, albeit spruced up and solar-powered. Unsurprisingly, living, sleeping and eating there for 365 days gave Jeff a lot of time to reflect.
“One night, as I was lying in my dumpster about to fall asleep, I came to the realisation that life in a dumpster was not actually as bad as I thought it’d be,” he says. “And I began to think about the things that were better about my life when living on less. I spent more time outdoors. I had hundreds of dollars left after paying rent – [more] than I normally would have had left. I owned my stuff, it didn’t own me. And by living small, all that stuff came about.”
He began thinking about possible solutions that could solve the larger housing crisis. “I knew that solution had to be small. It had to be innovative. It had to be designed in a different way, and it had to be full of technology. And that was when I came to the initial idea about Kasita.” >