Tiny houses may not be everyone’s idea of medium density but internationally they are becoming a very popular and affordable housing alternative, and a means of exploiting small and difficult sites such as household backyards.
With a tiny footprint, they cut down on construction costs and environmental impacts. What’s more, you can put them on wheels or on the back of a truck making them fully transportable. However, they often come with Building Code and council planning compliance issues.
Presenters with hands-on experience will discuss their adventures with tiny housing:
Piet Ubels and Alan Johnson of Build Up, who designed and built a prototype tiny house on council land intended as emergency housing
Alan Syxomexune and Helen Jarvis who are building a dwelling on wheels in a grandmother’s side yard
Tommy Honey who is the mastermind behind a social enterprise called SLIMBY – Shared Living in My Back Yard (an innovative housing solution where clients can lease a backyard for their tiny home).
*Drinks and nibbles will be provided after this talk as an opportunity for conversations to continue as we wind up Fast Forward for Autumn.
School of Architecture and Planning, The University of Auckland
Venue: Engineering Lecture Theatre 401:439, 20 Symonds Street, Auckland