Design and Build a Tiny-House Model


The tiny-house movement is sweeping the country! Explore how and why people are building houses that take up a fraction of the space of a typical home, and then create your own tiny-house model.

Students will learn about architecture, social responsibility and community as they envision and design their own tiny houses. They will use clay and found materials to build scale models of their houses. We will explore concepts including sustainability, functionality and how to incorporate natural light into the house design. Students will practice math skills as they scale their models and workforce skills as they complete their projects within time constraints. To refine their communication skills, students will present their tiny houses to the class. The course offers an inspiring introduction for students interested in architecture and sustainable design.

What You Will Learn

  • Explore what a tiny house is, why it is important in our society and whether it is feasible to maintain
  • Create tiny-house designs that can withstand challenging environments
  • Build scale models of their tiny houses using clay, cardboard and found materials
  • Envision a community for a neighborhood in Mexicali built entirely of natural and waste materials available at the site
  • Design an Accessory Dwelling Unit for San Diego neighborhoods to help address the housing crisis
  • Explore how we can make our cities better and more affordable through “tiny living”
  • Present their tiny houses to the class and discuss three key features that were created for a specific reason

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Course Number: WKSP-90034
Credit: 0.00 unit(s)

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