TINY HOMES COMPETITION
Design low-cost, viable, quality-of-life enhancing housing providing young adults with private living spaces within a shared community in order to support their development towards independent living.
Vibrant, economical yet beautiful private and public spaces for living, gardening, gathering, and recreation for both residents and the surrounding neighborhood, activating and revitalizing the entire block.
Previously marginalized homeless individuals become visible, valued neighbors.
KEY DESIGN ELEMENTS
Life Safety / Well-Being: Lighting, sight lines, perimeter fencing, private / community gardens, sports / recreation areas, art, beauty, open spaces for individual / group activities, activating surrounding areas.
Community Revitalization: Balancing sense of place within walls and connection to the neighborhood via openings in perimeter walls, engagement of activated adjacent spaces, shared use of sports areas, maintaining vehicular access at the southwest corner.
Community Engagement: Theatre, Resource Building, event spaces, art spaces. Garage doors on Resource Building open the space to community events.
Art / History: Performing arts (theatre), visual arts (mural wall and art installations), gardens and landscapes, architecture of the complex and use of brick textures, colonnades (IIT), invigorating vernacular via rectilinear volumes juxtaposed with sweeping cantilevers and circulation trellises (Robbie House).
Sustainability: Water collection / retention, bio-swales, green screens, planted roof, wind power, solar arrays, maximum winter solar exposure.
Independent Living: Responsibility for beautiful, customizable private spaces. Relationship skills strengthened via shared spaces (community garden, Resource Building, recreation/ activity spaces). Generate revenue from photovoltaic array energy surpluses and selling garden produce to locals such as Sip n Savor.