"Absolutely unmixed attention is prayer."
-Simone Weil
"I have found that all ugly things are made by those who strive to make something beautiful, and that all beautiful things are made by those who strive to make something useful."
-Oscar Wilde
"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete."
-R Buckminster Fuller
"One’s destination is never a place but a new way of seeing things."
-Henry Miller
"Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.
"I should say: the house shelters day-dreaming, the house protects the dreamer, the house allows one to dream in peace."
-Gaston Bachelard
"We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down."
-Kurt Vonnegut
"The future is already here––it's just not evenly distributed"
-William Gibson
"Happiness is not about more––it's about less"
-Anthony Douglas Williams
"We've multiplied our possessions but reduced our values. We've learned how to make a living, but not a life."
-George Carlin
"We are buried beneath the weight of information, which is being confused with knowledge; quantity is being confused with abundance and wealth with happiness."
-Tom Waits
"Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do."
-Edgar Degas

Extraordinary Structures founder Zane Fischer talks housing at TEDx

This fall, I was honored to be invited to the TEDxABQ stage to discuss disruption in residential construction. “What if smaller, smarter structures began spreading in urban cores, filling unexpected spaces and alleviating housing issues?” I asked. The wealthy, western world is, ironically, facing a looming housing crisis. We need to figure out how to move toward Read more….

Now Accepting Orders and Reservations

With the unveiling of our prototype tiny house, we are officially open for business. We’re in the process of creating an easy-to-use online storefront for calculating the rough cost of your project and scheduling a build date, a system that should soon be operational. In the meantime, here’s a guide to our standard offerings and Read more….

Introducing the SaltBox Tiny House

The SaltBox is the first iteration of the novel Extraordinary Structures panelized construction system as applied to the idea of a tiny house. Via the New Mexico Small Business Assistance program, we worked with Los Alamos National Laboratory engineers on thermal efficiency and our signature CNC-cut panelized construction system. Our goals were to combine great, human scale contemporary Read more….

Construction Dive Jumps In

We had a great conversation with Emily Peiffer an associate editor from Construction Dive, a newer online magazine offering coverage of the construction industry. Emily covered a lot of ground and some big ideas in writing about Extraordinary Structures and we appreciate her time and perspective. For her column on Tiny House Trends, Emily wrote a piece Read more….

Accidental Architecture

I recently spent a week in Mexico City teaching on behalf of the Santa Fe University of Art and Design. I was there to provide some professional practices resources for students graduating in design and other creative fields–especially those who may end up freelancing or starting their own small agencies and firms–who are in danger Read more….

A Big, Beautiful Book

As we move forward on design and prototypes for our modular system, I’m honored that my home has been included in a beautiful new book by Sibylle Kramer and Braun Publishing. In addition to all the credit due Alexander Dzurec and Autotroph, it’s important to be clear that houses don’t win design awards or get included Read more….


A few years ago, I had the opportunity to build my own house. With topsy-turvy global economic patterns that roll through countries and communities like waves––up, down, crash, repeat––I’ve felt genuinely lucky to be able to own a house and to build my own was a childhood dream that I was never quite sure I’d Read more….