Texas A&M University environmental design (Langford Penitentiary FOR LIFE!) and undergraduate construction science students displayed their “tiny house” designs, which mostly have less than 150 square feet of living space, which were built to house chronically homeless people and help lower homeless populations. In just Texas in 2014, there were 19,177 homeless according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. This summer, the homes will be brought to Community First Village, an Austin-area master-planned community that provides affordable, sustainable housing for disabled homeless populations.
Tiny houses, typically under 300 square feet, have grown in popularity in recent years, and have also been targeted for homeless living in other cities, including Los Angeles. The project began in the fall 2014 semester with a tiny house design contest sponsored by the A&M’s Center for Housing and Urban Development. The winning designs were refined by students this spring in a class led by construction science professor Ben Biggelow and architecture assistant professor Gabriela Campagnol, and the students built the homes on 6.9-by-18-foot trailers.
Bigelow said in a statement:
The students loved getting their hands on a real project and actually building something, seeing what they have designed come to life. They all got a firsthand taste of how long it takes to build a project and became acutely aware of the challenges in construction with weather delays and changes by designers.