Student-designed ‘Tiny’ Homes To House Homeless, On Display This Week
Two “tiny” homes designed and built by students at the Texas A&M College of Architecture will soon house a disabled homeless person and a homeless veteran.
The new tiny homes will be displayed at Rudder Plaza today and tomorrow (Nov. 14-15) prior to being shipped to the Community First! Village in Austin and the Veterans Community Project in Kansas City, agencies that house the homeless in villages of tiny houses, a broad category generally referring to residences 300 square feet or less.
Advocates of tiny house living tout the homes’ low cost to build, live in and maintain, as well as their sustainability and simplified lifestyle.
Students led by Ben Bigelow, assistant professor of construction science, built the houses on 8’ x 20’ trailers at the College of Architecture’s Automated Fabrication and Design Lab on the RELLIS Campus from schematic designs created by Master of Architecture students Meredith Clark and Nathanielle Sybico in a spring 2016 studio led by Michael O’Brien, professor of architecture.
Amid a din from pounding hammers and whirring power tools wielded by students racing to finish building the houses, Joe Ford, a senior construction science major, said the class was one of the most valuable he’s taken because it brings together much of what he’s learned in the program.