Tiny Town

4450 S Woodlawn Ave Chicagoundefined

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Wheeler Kearns Architects

VISIONARY IDEA / WARD 4 

The lack of stable, accessible housing in Chicago for young people who are homeless is a crisis. Across Illinois, more than 25,000 young people do not have stable shelter. “Tiny Town” proposes a solution.

Located in Chicago’s historic Bronzeville neighborhood, Tiny Town is composed of twelve Tiny Town Houses. Each house can be constructed for $60K, providing a low cost, low maintenance, solution that can be replicated in other neighborhoods facing similar housing needs. The two bands of six Tiny Town Houses face a social center, called “The Square.” Oriented to capture the south-facing light, The Square extends into the “living room” of a staffed community center.

Conversations, communal food preparation and campfires can all occur within this more public community space. At the same time, each Tiny Town House also has a more modest and private space where residents can find refuge, shelter, ownership, warmth and introspection in their homes and gardens, defined by a private hedge.

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