The 144 square-foot house, built by students at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design as potential accommodation for a homeless person on Bowen Island, is itself homeless.
Charles Dobson, an associate professor of design at the university who has a background in architecture, led a group of about eight industrial design students to create the house, complete with propane fireplace heater, single bed with storage underneath, laminate floors, shower, a small kitchen and composting toilet.
The house was built, using a $10,000 grant from BC Housing, for the Bowen Community Housing Association, which had expressed interest in using the house as part of a pilot project to deal with the island’s homeless problem.
But Dobson said the association has been unable to find a place to put the tiny house, and the municipality of Bowen Island says it needs more time to sort out zoning and liability issues. ‘It’s a shame because I think they really trying hard to make this work, but all these rules are getting in the way,’ said Dobson. “So we are trying to find a community that will say ‘yes we want to do this.…’”
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