Rural Studio, Atlanta

Auburn University’s architecture program runs the rural Studio program to design the best possible house for less than $20K.  While their structures are larger than the tiny-houses and include both kitchens and bathrooms, they can be a useful resource for efficient space planning.  News stories indicate that they have developed many pioneering innovations.

Their goal is to create a home for low income families that would be seen as highly desirable for anyone.

Their main site:  (http://www.ruralstudio.org/initiatives/20k-house)

Descriptive news story:  http://www.fastcoexist.com/3056129/this-house-costs-just-20000-but-its-nicer-than-yours
Rebuttal to the extreme gushing of the previous story.

 

MIT Study of mini-houses for the homeless

The MIT dissertation located at http://dusp.mit.edu/sites/dusp.mit.edu/files/attachments/news/mingoya_2015.pdf is one of the most complete resources available.

Catherine Mingoya wrote this for her dissertation in urban planning and examines in depth the mini-houses projects in Madison Wisconsin and Portland Oregon — two very different projects with unique histories and challenges.

While long (89 pages), it offers one of the most complete case studies available online.