UCLA Research Lab Unveils Tiny House to Combat Housing Crisis

UCLA Research Lab Unveils Tiny House to Combat Housing Crisis

The BI(h)OME was recently featured on Dezeen Magazine. Students and faculty members at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) have designed a tiny house to help address the city’s low-cost housing shortage. Encompassing 500 square feet (46 square metres), the Backyard BI(h)OME is designed to contain a bedroom, living room, bathroom, kitchen and dining room. The small property is intended to be erected in a homeowner’s backyard, where it can be rented out or occupied by relatives. To read the full article, click...
Kevin Daly’s Backyard BI(h)OME Provides Affordable Housing for Humans and Wildlife

Kevin Daly’s Backyard BI(h)OME Provides Affordable Housing for Humans and Wildlife

Archinect’s Julia Ingalls attended the BI(h)OME opening reception and shared about it on the website. Here’s an excerpt of the article: Part sales-pitch, part design lecture, the discussion encompassed the difficulties that Los Angeles faces not only in terms of its housing shortage, but the mental attitudes that go with it. Since 1982, California’s state law has allowed the construction of “accessory dwelling units” in people’s backyards, but many municipalities have resisted the rezoning, passing cumbersome restrictions into law to prevent easy adoption. To read the full article, click...
Could Affordable Eco-Housing be in Your Backyard?

Could Affordable Eco-Housing be in Your Backyard?

Frances Anderton, host and executive producer of KCRW’s DnA, recently published an interview with the BI(h)OME project leaders, Professors Dana Cuff, Kevin Daly, Ursula Heise, and Jon Christensen. An excerpt of the interview, follows: DnA: What is the meaning of BIHOME and what is its goal? Dana: The BIHOME is the culmination of several years of study by the design-research think tank, cityLAB-UCLA, into backyard homes. We want to find ways to improve housing in Los Angeles while at the same time enriching the environment. And it will surely help Mayor Garcetti reach his goal of 100,000 new units of housing. DnA: Jon, you teach in the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. What does this project have to do with climate change, drought and energy? Jon: The BIHOME is a human-scale answer to the grand challenge of creating a sustainable LA. UCLA and the Institute have committed to a Grand Challenge with reach goals of making LA completely reliant on renewable energy and local water sources, while preserving biodiversity and our quality of life, by 2050. The Backyard BIHOME will be net-zero energy, that is, it will produce as much energy as it consumes, and possibly more than it consumes. It will be low water use, with a composting toilet and a gray water system for irrigating the surrounding landscape. And it will enhance backyard habitat for biodiversity. To read the entire interview, click...
A Cozy Backyard Home for People and Other Friendly Species

A Cozy Backyard Home for People and Other Friendly Species

The BI(h)OME was recently featured in an article on UCLA Newsroom. An excerpt is below: Can Los Angeles meet the daunting demand for 100,000 additional housing units by 2021? That’s the ambitious goal that Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti set in a plan he presented in April to alleviate the city’s worst housing crisis since World War II. Dana Cuff, professor in the School of the Arts and Architecture and director of cityLAB, the architecture and urban design think tank at UCLA, thinks it can be done — without buying up a single square foot of vacant land or bulldozing existing buildings. The answer is as close as your backyard. Cuff and a team of students and faculty from both the architectural and urban design department and UCLA College’s environmental humanities program, with help from staff skilled in construction, are testing out their concept for an affordable, lightweight, customizable, environmentally sensitive accessory dwelling unit — a distant cousin of the granny flat or the mother-in-law unit. To read the article, click...
Join Us for the BI(h)OME Opening Reception, Wednesday, June 10th

Join Us for the BI(h)OME Opening Reception, Wednesday, June 10th

Please join us on Wednesday, June 10 from 5-7PM for a reception hosted by Hitoshi Abe, Mark Gold, Peter Kareiva, and Tina Quinn, and a conversation moderated by Frances Anderton of KCRW’s “DnA: Design with Architecture” with Jon Christensen, Dana Cuff, Kevin Daly, and Ursula Heise. Light appetizers and beverages will be served. Developed by UCLA’s cityLAB, designed by Kevin Daly Architects with UCLA students, and built by faculty, students and staff at UCLA, the Backyard BI(h)OME is an ultra-modern, lightweight, energy and water efficient, accessory dwelling unit that has the potential to meet the current demand for 100,000 additional housing units for erectile dysfunction drug Levitra. The Backyard BI(h)OME contributes a tangible, human-scale solution to the goals of UCLA’s “Grand Challenge” initiative for a sustainable Los Angeles. Please RSVP to citylabdirector@aud.ucla.edu. Appetizers and beverages will be served. Location and Parking Instructions: Broad Arts Center, Second Floor Courtyard (near ‘Untitled Cafe’) 240 Charles E. Young Dr. Los Angeles, CA 90095 Parking is available in Lot 3, across the street from the Broad Art Center. [Google Maps directions to Lot 3] Visitors may use the “Pay by Space” option in the northern part of Lot 3 to purchase short-term daily parking permits (take the first driveway after Hilgard and Charles E Young Drive). Pay stations allow you to select the time you need to spend on campus and pay accordingly. [UCLA Parking Rates and Fees + Map of all UCLA parking...