This past winter, AIA North Carolina’s Activate14 committee kicked off their Tiny Home Community Ideas Competition, in collaboration with the Raleigh/Wake Partnership to End and Prevent Homelessness. The role of the specialized committee is to bolster design activism, or addressing social issues with public dialogue—a sort of open source architecture approach. The idea behind it was to create a small community of 12 residences on a city-owned, downtown site that could be integrated into the urban community. Between March and June, they received about 160 ideas from designers around the world. By comparison, about 140 firms submitted proposals for the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago.

The winner was Athens, Greece–based firm riza3architects, composed of three local 30-something designers. Their project includes four clusters of three, 12-square-foot homes featuring a living room, bedroom, dining area, and a half-bath. The structures are comprised of wood siding, floors, and ceiling with sheetrock paneling. An optional gabion wall made of rubble set in a steel-mesh frame can be installed for privacy.

However, budgets are constrained considering this entire development could cost $120,000, including labor costs, and about $3million is given to homelessness annually. 

Read more about this project in The News & Observer.

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