About

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I’m a designer, researcher, advocate, product developer in Portland, Oregon. Working on various projects (here’s a full project list), including:

  • PDX Shelter Forum – online events and discussion forum on alternative shelter and villages for Portland. I co-started and run this.
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  • Village Collaborative – I coordinate, write for, and administer this national (& somewhat international) network supporting self-managed communities of cost-effective tiny homes for people in need of housing. It includes a large Facebook group (1700+ members) and a wiki collaboration platform. It is a project of Square One Villages non-profit, based in Eugene, Oregon.
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  • HousingWiki, an online collaborative platform for research and advocacy materials on housing and land use. (formerly YIMBYwiki).
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  • Village Buildings: West Coast housing from the bottom up: an in-progress community book project examining recent innovative and radical “bottom-up” housing programs, and how they fit into or challenge traditions of self-build, social, and community-development housing.
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  • New Starter Homes – grant-proposal project originated in 2018 to pilot a large-scale program of low-cost, movable, pre-fabbable, backyard cottages, to create affordability for low-income Portland renters and homeowners, and for disaster / climate change adaptability. (also incorporated into Village Buildings book).
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  • Housletsan ongoing, intermittent project to research, prototype, and test low-cost, DIY (Do It Yourself), adaptable living spaces. Since 2014 I’ve exhibited and lived for several years cumulatively in various prototype dwelling structures. These are designed to be easily built and changed by most people, using easily available materials; but that are capable of compliance with building code, vehicle, or temporary-structure codes.The last structure, which I lived in inside a West Oakland warehouse space, was partly converted into and partly transported by a trailer structure which I transported to Portland in 2018 when I (mostly) relocated. As of mid 2019 I am working on a) reassembling a version of the structure inside a local storage unit; and b) exploring how to use components of or a version of it for a flexible cargo-van conversion project. I.e., to create adaptable dwelling/work space inside a cargo van.
  • Another Design is Possible: 10 Contrarian Design Patterns & Projects is a post / half-serious book proposal I wrote in 2013, discussing and linking to various of my projects from then.
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  • Formerly: consultant at Stanford Media X; co-founder, Open Library of Humanities; Stanford HighWire Press; OCLC Online Computer Library Center; Openly Informatics (acquired by OCLC).

Contact & social-media information: 

  • Email: tmccormick (at) gmail.com.  [preferred way to contact me]
  • Phone: + 1 503 334 1894 note: this is a Google Voice number that routes to my current phone. I usually don’t see or pick up incoming phone calls, unless scheduled or notified in advance. I do get texts, notifications of calls, and a transcription of voice mails via email, so you can leave a message, but text or email works better for me.  
  • Twitter: @tmccormick, @Housing_Wiki 
  • Skype: tim_mccormick
  • LinkedIn profile (resume)
  • Facebook profile 
  • Medium (essays/posts): @tmccormick
  • Instagram: tmccormick10.
  • Photo albums on Google Photos (2018 on): bit.ly/tims-photos.

Other items of note:

  • Amazon wishlist, books, tools, design objects, etc; sorted by priority. (short link: bit.ly/tims-wishlist). .
  • PGP Public Key:  http://tjm.org/public-key/ .
  • I co-edited Rebooting the Academy: 12 Tech Innovators Who Are Transforming Campuses, published in July 2012 by The Chronicle of Higher Education. .
  • I was born in Portland, Oregon, then grew up in London for 10 years, then lived in Portland, then New Haven, CT; New York for 14 years; Palo Alto for 3 years; San Francisco and Mendocino and Oakland for 3 years; now am mostly in Portland. .
  • I graduated from Portland Public Schools, Wilson High School in SW Portland in 1992; then attended Yale University and received a B.A. in Art / Design in 1997. I also have nearly completed a MSLIS (Library and Information Science) degree from Long Island University / New York University joint program, which included coursework in Computer Science at NYU’s Courant Instittute, and business at NYU Stern School of Business. I’ve also studied and worked at Portland State University at various times, including in high school and full-time for 1993-94 academic year. .
  • I formerly worked for Stanford University’s HighWire Press, as Sr. Product Manager for Emerging Content. Previously, I worked at OCLC, Online Computer Library Center, in the Grid Services (i.e. Web Services) group. Before that, at startup Openly Informatics (acquired by OCLC), and Juno Online Services. .
  • I’m a dual citizen of the U.S. and the U.K. .
  • I have had two catsBao-yu (贾宝玉 / 賈寶玉 / Jiǎ Bǎoyù / Chia Pao-yu, “precious jade”), now living in Spokane; and, RIP (2008-2016) Tai-yu (林黛玉 / Lín Dàiyù / Lin Tai-yu; “Blue-black Jade”). They were named for the two main characters in the 18th-century Qing dynasty novel, one of China’s Four Great Classical Novels and possibly my favorite work of literature: Dream of the Red Chamber (Hónglóu mèng / 红楼梦). .
  • Skypetim_mccormick
  • Photographs: Flickr-hosted photos 2005 to 2011 or so? 2017- on: Google Photos .
  • Book wish-lists and readings lists:
    • Amazon wish list (more up-to-date / ephemeral, mostly books but other items also).
    • My personal library catalogued on LibraryThing, sorted by most recent entries first. It generally lists both those I currently own (“My Library” subcollection, about 1800 books) but those formerly owned (‘deaccessioned, about 2500 books), read, or checked out from a library. No, I haven’t read all of them. .
  • my San Francisco / Bay Area Google map (some places of note to me)
  • JSTOR / HeinOnline alumni access link.

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