Peter Cowman BArch
Peter is responsible for developing the EconoSpace - a low-cost building concept, that began the day he decided that a mortgage was not for him. From that place, he drifted off into the world of creativity, poverty and freedom. The original prototype EconoSpace was built as an Art Studio, but from that vantage point he imagined that it must be possible to construct a small house that was free of the tyranny of the mortgage. He has since configured various layouts, including 'living' versions as per his original idea of creating a small home free of borrowings.
Peter believes that we need to see a return to the old house raising traditions where we can co-operate in the creation of affordable and sustainable buildings. He can visualise a start to this process as people share information, time and skills in the process of creating their own EconoSpaces. This move to recapture our sheltermaking traditions can literally begin in our own back yards. Once we realise how empowering it is to construct our own buildings we can expand our ambitions and find creative ways of escaping the tyranny of the mortgage.