UCLA responds to the housing crisis: A tiny, pop-up home for the backyard
By Josie Huang
21 July 2015
photo: Susanica Tam
CityLAB, a think tank within UCLA's Department of Architecture and Urban Design lead by Dana C. Cuff (PhD Arch. '82), developed a project called BI(h)OME, a response to the housing shortage in Los Angeles. The light-filled, futuristic-looking structure the size of a two-car garage sits deep within the UCLA campus.
The houses would add living space without changing the façade of neighborhoods. “This is intended to be something that anybody can put into their backyard,” said Dana Cuff.
Designers say that their house is one tool Mayor Garcetti could employ in his plan to build 100,000 new units by 2021. Cuff said that there are about 500,000 single-family homes in the city. If just 20 percent of those homes added these tiny structures in their backyards, she said, the mayor would have met his target.