Tim McCormick home

Housing advocate, researcher, writer, & project developer based in Portland, Cascadia, & Northern California. About me

Featured/recent projects: 

 Chairs of Infinite Space: designing and living in the micro-adjacent
[draft July 11, 2024] ad hoc essay, reflecting on and from a delightful chaise-longue, also on car-seats, wheelchairs, bike seats, and ways to live ultra space-efficiently yet expansively. What if you built your home from a single, very adapable chair outwards?

See page Chairs of Infinite Space

MediaStillery: tools for optimizing reading and media diet
[update July 13, 2024]
I've worked a lot lately on MediaStillery (aka Media Distillery) my longrunning project since 2012 exploring how I, or anyone, might use common tools to more mindfully, effectively manage what you read, watch, and listen to.
See page MediaStillery

Regenerative House

proposal in progress [May-July, 2024] for Artizen.fund / Cabin.city Fund for Regenerative Art. A housing site connector system, to support an initial "seed" home and many future possible houses, also to replicate and extend across new sites. 

See Regenerative House project page

Homefullness, Homexcess, Homelessness: Reimagining Housing

(working title). Book/essay collaboration with artist, illustrator, author, friend Steven M. Johnson (Wikipedia; Steven's site). 

See Homefullness project page

What housing is to be done? who and what should decide?

open notebook / collaborative writing / essay being pitched, building on earlier drafts & discussions since late 2022 on interrelated topics, Including: 

 [image: from cover of What Is To Be Done? (Russian: Что дѣлать?), 1902, by V.I. Lenin]. 

See project page: What [Housing] Is To Be Done?

Texas Detour (Détournement)

I've made an open-ended, research road-trip from late February to early June 2024. From Portland through the mountain West to Austin, Texas, for YIMBYtown conference, then some time in Colorado and New Mexico, then mostly Austin area since. 

See page Texas Detour 

appearance on KOOP 91.7 Austin "In the City" show, May 6, 2024

friend Jim Trainer invited me on his current affairs show "IN THE CITY," to discuss Austin's remarkable alternative shelter and housing projects. Particularly Esperanza Community, for which Jim is a staff writer, and Community First! Village. 

See my page On KOOP 91.7 Austin radio

YIMBYtown conference talk: Alternative Housing

Presentation and discussion at YIMBYtown housing conference, Feb 26-28 in Austin, Texas.
Title: "Alternative Housing: how mobile, self-build, village, co-op, etc approaches open radical possibilities."  

See: YIMBYtown 2024 Talk page

[April 2024]
I'm relaunching this open/network book project, which has been gradually developing since 2016 as a sequel to the landmark 2014 Tent City Urbanism, by Andrew Heben, founder of SquareOne Villages, Oregon.

See: Village Buildings project page

explorations around the iconic Oregon company Pendleton Woolen Mills, which traces to 1863, and its Native American inspired/derived designs.

See project page: Pendleton

[article for Sightline Institute, September 2023]

A case for agile, self-build and bottom-up options to unlock housing choice … by many means necessary.

Read at Sightine web site

Part of 'Mendocello' house project, protoyping a highly flexible, efficient home system for myself and others.  See Mendocello house page for more info.

Presentation at 2022 National Vehicle Residency Summit (Nov 18-19).
Video and presentation doc

Latest posts on X/Twitter : see @tmccormick

File Directory

View of my tmccormick.org folder: contains all materials I intend to be public, or shared with others. So, in effect, a self-maintaining, more complete "web site" view of the online materials I host. 

To see full list: click here to view in Google Drive, or scroll within the box below. 

See also "About web site" for discussion of design goals & features, including this.