Backyard BI(h)OME wins a “Design Merit Award” from the Westside Urban Forum in the category of Plans/Public Policy!

Backyard BI(h)OME wins a “Design Merit Award” from the Westside Urban Forum in the category of Plans/Public Policy!

The Backyard BI(h)OME recently won a “Design Merit Award” from the Westside Urban Forum in the category of Plans/Public Policy! The BI(h)OME project, designed and built by AUD faculty member Kevin Daly, cityLAB,and AUD graduate students, continues with two further versions. The original BI(h)OME is being repurposed as an elementary school outdoor classroom and a new, fully-habitable version will be built in the City of Los Angeles as a backyard home demonstration project....
BI(h)OME Featured in Stad 11

BI(h)OME Featured in Stad 11

The Backyard BI(h)OME continues to attract interest worldwide. Most recently, it was featured in Swedish magazine, Stad 11. To download the article, click...
Unleashing the Backyard BI(h)OME – City Impact Lab

Unleashing the Backyard BI(h)OME – City Impact Lab

The City Impact Lab – Los Angeles has just released their action report from our recent roundtable discussion on the Backyard BI(h)OME! Periodically, the City Impact Lab delves deep into an issue important to Los Angeles and convenes an Issue Roundtable with an invited group on that topic. The latest such issue tackled was the Backyard BI(h)OME.  Auxiliary Dwelling Units (ADUs) can be one of the solutions to our housing shortage in Los Angeles. With over 500,000 single-family homes in LA City alone, if only 20% built a secondary unit (allowed since 2003 in California via AB1866: a structure of up to 1200 square feet can be built without zoning change), that would be 100,000 new housing units. A gathering of city officials, industry leaders, and issue experts set in the sun in August at UCLA to see how their cityLab project on such dwellings might be implemented. Click this link for more...
Backyard BI(h)OME by a UCLA studio taught by architect Kevin Daly

Backyard BI(h)OME by a UCLA studio taught by architect Kevin Daly

The BI(h)OME was recently featured on The Architectural Review. A 35m2 demonstration model of the Backyard BI(h)OME (BB) was erected by students in a few days and is on display behind UCLA’s art school until September. Designed in a studio taught by architect Kevin Daly, it comprises a double membrane of plastic sheeting drawn over a frame of lightweight metal tubing embedded in a plywood platform. It could be viewed as a contemporary spin on the primitive hut, or as a sophisticated tent with a pitched roof and an engaging character that sets it apart from boxy static caravans. Inset wood frames at either end define porches and could be used as frames for climbing plants and habitat for varied species. The bathroom is screened off from the main volume and there’s even a cut-out corner on the plan for a Smart car or a couple of bicycles. To read the full article, click...
UCLA responds to the housing crisis

UCLA responds to the housing crisis

The BIHOME was featured by KPCC’s Josie Huang in a radio broadcast and this article, with new photos. Deep inside the UCLA campus sits a light-filled, futuristic-looking structure the size of a two-car garage. Sheathed in plastic, a skeleton of steel, wood and cardboard peeks through. It’s called BI(h)OME, and it’s one UCLA design team’s response to the housing shortage in Los Angeles. Click here to read the full...