About the Project
Students will explore the “Tiny House Culture” and study their own impact on the environment via their living choices. They will be designing, drafting and building tiny houses for local artists in San Diego in order to provide affordable housing to keep art in San Diego. Other supplemental activities include surveying land, soils sampling and light analysis in order to understand how housing communities are effectively designed.
Our project will be in connection with Space 4 Art, a local non-profit arts education community and their head architect and co-founder, Bob Leathers. He has completed over 2,000 architectural projects, many of which were volunteer-built projects, in all 50 states and eight foreign countries. These projects include playgrounds, parks, science centers, community centers, theaters, galleries and zoos. The team began their relationship with Leathers at the beginning of the year during the Logan Heights Community Park H.A.C.E.R Project. He has been consulting with the students and their designs through the entire process and has been an integral part in bring the Tiny House Project to life.
The students will also be writing and publishing a book entitled A Tiny Home is Where the He[ART] is which will showcase the fourteen artists’ lives, work and stories leading up to the designs of their tiny homes in order to extend the message that art is an important part of society that deserves to be honored and recognized.
Meet the Students:
Meet our 9th Graders! Team Sempiternal is an energetic group of 54 9th grade students who love to work with their hands. They consist of 14 and 15 year olds from all over San Diego. Many of our students travel up to 20 miles just to get to school everyday. The team has already had success this year designing and constructing a team banner for their building company, installing a community park in Logan Heights and writing and performing original group pieces for a spoken word Celebration Slam. They are a busy bunch with a lot of energy and big ideas!
Meet the Teachers:
Regina Kruglyak and Britt Shirk are the team teachers for this ambitious group of 9th graders. They have the honor of working with the kiddos everyday in two hour teaching blocks. Regina is the fearless Physics teacher whose dream of building a tiny house ignited the idea to have students study, design and ultimately build a tiny home for local artists to provide affordable housing. Britt has a passion for developing her students as empowered writers and will be aiding the students in publishing a book that showcases the artists whom the team will be building the tiny homes for entitled A Tiny Home is Where the He[ART] is.
Meet Robert Leathers:
Has completed over 2,000 architectural projects, many of which were volunteer-built projects, in all 50 states and eight foreign countries. These projects include playgrounds, parks, science centers, community centers, theaters, galleries and zoos. His work has been featured in various media, including Time, People, and Smithsonian Magazines; Newspapers include New York Times and The Washington Post. He has been featured on CBS Evening News, PBS, Sesame Street, and Mr. Rogers Neighborhood. Six years ago he designed and headed up the construction of the volunteer built Visions Fiber Art Museum in San Diego. For the last four years he has worked as an architect with hundreds of artists and art supporters to develop the design for Space 4 Art’s permanent home. Over the last nine years, he has worked as a studio artist in the medium of fiber art. His work has been displayed in numerous galleries and museums including Quilt National 2005, 2009, and Visions 2002, 2006, and 2012. Both shows are juried international exhibits. Awards include: AIA design awards; Metropolitan Home Top 100 International Designers; Allegra Best of Show; Visions Cream Award; Visions Collector’s Award, and many local awards.
Risks and challenges
Some challenges we foresee are working with students who have some, but not a ton of experience building. The final outcome needs to be professionally built homes that are up to code. It will be difficult to teach expert skills to kids who are still getting comfortable in their bodies, let alone wielding power tools. Our perspective on this is that while it will take a lot of revision and careful guidance, the important skills that students will gain far outweigh the difficulty of this challenge. Luckily, our partnership with architects Bob Leathers and Cynthia Diaz-Viveros will help narrow the gap in our students’ building skills. We will also be working with Amanda Horton, a general contractor, who specializes in restoration construction and is the 2015 Woman Owned Small Business of the Year Award Winner.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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