Phoenix Commotion focuses on designing eco-friendly homes for low-income individuals and families such as struggling artists and single mothers.
Dan Phillips is an American designer and builder from Texas. He is the founder and face of Phoenix Commotion, a construction company established in 1997.
Phoenix Commotion is a building initiative that constructs homes and other projects with recycled materials to reduce waste. To Dan, a broken window, cracked tile, shattered mirror or titled staircase are not mistakes. Instead, they provide quirky opportunities for artistic inspiration and can make truly unique homes. Dan sees the full potential of items we use every day. A pile of old license plates can become a roof, wine bottle corks a new living room floor.
The company’s goals include reducing landfill burdens through the use of excess and recyclable materials; providing low-income housing through selection of cheap materials and labor; and allowing opportunities for the unemployed by training unskilled workers.
Phoenix Commotion hopes to show the financial and ethical benefits of sustainable building and challenge current standard building codes and building methods, which favor the use of raw materials.
Below in his witty and insightful talk from TEDx Houston, he showcases a dozen of his remarkable creations – a testament to the power of creative problem-solving over material restrictions.