UCLA responds to the housing crisis

Pop-up tiny house

A tiny, pop-up home for the backyard

Deep inside the UCLA campus sits a light-filled, futuristic-looking structure the size of a two-car garage. Sheathed in plastic, a skeleton of steel, wood and cardboard peeks through.

It’s called BI(h)OME, and it’s one UCLA design team’s response to the housing shortage in Los Angeles.

“This is intended to be something that anybody can put into their backyard,” said Dana Cuff, the architecture professor who leads UCLA’s design think tank cityLAB.

Cuff said the houses would add living space without changing the façade of neighborhoods. And it would serve any number of housing needs.

“You might want your parents to live with you as they get older,” Cuff said. “Maybe for a while your college-age kid moves back because they don’t have a job.”

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