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Sustainable Building Design: Tiny Houses

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Spring 2016
ERG 98/198
2 Unit(s)

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About the Course:


Where did the tiny house movement originate?  Are tiny homes a part of our urban future or just the butt of a Portlandia joke?  What are the implications of tiny homes on the building scale, the community scale, and the urban scale?  We will explore all of these questions in the first half of the course, taking an interdisciplinary approach through the lens of design, policy, and economics to understand the motivation and potential driving the tiny house movement. The first half of the course will culminate with an individual tiny house design project. 

In the second half of the course, we will shift our focus to fabrication and begin hands on work and experimentation on sensor, biofiltration, and basic structural systems.  We hope to give students the opportunity to understand the details and functionality of many of the theoretical design solutions we so often hear about.  By experimenting and finding best practices, this lab space will give students tangible experience with sustainable design and will help inform the THIMBY (tiny house in my backyard) team’s decisions around their own fabrication for the SMUD tiny house competition. 

Grading for the course will be based on attendance and participation, an individual tiny house design project, and a final group presentation on the projects done in class. Attendance is mandatory and unexcused absences will not be permitted

How to Enroll:


The class is capped at 25.  We have notified everyone who will be in the course based on the applications we recieved.  If you got a confirmation email, show up to the first class on Wednesday, February 3rd. 

Course Contact: oriya.cohen AT

Faculty Sponsor: Daniel Kammen

Time & Location:

Section 1Oriya Cohen
Amaia Schultz
25210 Jacobs HallW 5:30p-7p2/03full

Uploaded Files:

Syllabus: ERG 98_198 Syllabus.docxJan 7140kbWord Doc (Viewer)View Download

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