August 2003
volume 1, issue 1












"Imagination is an Instrument of Survival"


Glen Small had this vision of creating mega-structures with plug-in architecture, so instead of having urban sprawl you have these cluster structures. The remaining open space is for wild animals.

Appendix #2: Green Machine 1977-1980, Visionary Architecture by Glen Howard Small.

An experimental urban, multilevel, low-income housing project that addresses ecological self sufficiency. It is comprised of movable comfortable compact living units with large communal spaces, vine covered solar space-frame aesthetics which provides for the preservation of land for gardens, fruit trees and parks. Received National Endowment for the Arts Grant and Federal Block Grant in 1980.

Of all the radical designs that remained on the drafting table, Glen Howard Small’s Green Machine came closest to leaping into reality. A revolutionary new approach to low income housing, The Green Machine received a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts and a Federal Block Grant for a feasibility study that was completed in 1980. The project garnered international publicity and endorsement, but the city of Los Angeles did not acquire the modest sum of 2 million dollars for construction of this experimental 24 family low income housing unit. In 1980, this was the price of one home in Bel Air. Enter The Green Machine with Glen Small, and see what Los Angeles missed.



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