Youth Spirit Artworks to collaborate on tiny houses with CED alum, Aboubacar Komara
By Brandon Yung
The Daily Californian
September 26, 2018
Photo Courtesy Vivian Roan/Staff
Reinventing the phrase “tiny house,” College of Environmental Design alumnus Aboubacar Komara (B.A. Arch. '18) has utilized his degree in architecture to generate an innovative style of housing in Kaloum, Guinea. Komara’s architectural endeavor came as a solution to the overpopulation and related overcrowding of slums in Guinea. For his efforts, Komara was awarded the Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate prize and $25,000.
In partnership with the local organization Youth Spirit Artworks (YSA) Komara is now looking to expand his “tiny house” concept to the Bay Area, specifically addressing the issue of homelessness in youth populations.
“The main part of our collaboration is exchange,” Komara said. “We need to make a unique architecture and unique design to solve problems…People need homes now.”
As a nonprofit arts programs servicing lower class demographics with arts and career guidance, YSA shared Komara’s concern of rising homeless populations, especially in the surrounding area, and established its first “tiny home” in October 2017. In order to complete YSA’s desire for a “tiny home village,” the organization plans to build 10 to 12 other houses by the end of April 2019. Many of the members who have benefitted from the program have offered a hand in the construction of the village.
“People that understand or experience something are the best at coming up with solutions for those problems,” Komara said. “I think having homeless youth design the homes, they understand the problem and know what solutions to create.”