Low Technology Institute

nonindustrial | subsistence | technology

Welcome to the ground floor.

This is just the beginning.
We are in the nascent stages of launching the Low Technology Institute, a soon-to-be non-profit with the goal of reviving and adapting nonindustrial technology to solve problems today.
Specifically, we hope to identify human-scale solutions for subsistence in the post-fossil-fuel world.

Support Us!


Thank you for visiting the website of the Low Technology Institute. We’re focused on identifying, researching, and adapting solutions to house, clothe, and feed ourselves when fossil fuels become a thing of the past. This may happen sooner or later, but when it does, you are welcome to use our free, publicly available plans and techniques. Until then, please help us refine our solutions by testing them out for yourself and becoming a research collaborator by providing feedback and improvements.

We’re currently putting out a (nearly) daily blog and weekly podcast to highlight the work of the institute and others. We will soon be offering an academic journal and technical bulletin, but we are currently looking for submissions and volunteers (see the bulletin and journal pages for details).

Please read, listen, enjoy, and share.

National Geographic "Big Idea" Competition Entry

We're working on a new video, which will introduce the Low Technology Institute, but for the time being, enjoy an entry into National Geographic's "Big Idea" competition.