If you happen to be traveling near Aptos, California this weekend, you may run across Trout Gulch, a "unique hillside neighborhood" designed and built by video directing collective Encyclopedia Pictura. Known for their computer graphics and extensive hand-built sets and props, the collective is "taking the DIY ethos a step further," as GOOD recently wrote, by building a town that embodies their value for "DIY skills, long term thinking, experiential education, and friendship."
The "town"—which has been under construction for two years— currently has a population of 18 people. So far they've "built a patchwork of tiny houses, tree houses, thatch huts, bath houses, tool shops, outdoor kitchens, domes, swings, fruit tree orchards, goat paddocks, vegetable gardens, slides, and terraces." Trout Gulch Farm is next on the list, an organic CSA spanning 3 acres.
(Image: Trout Gulch)