Architect Arthur Dyson is working with construction management students at Fresno State to create an unprecedented â€œEco-Villageâ€ of tiny homes for homeless folks. The homes will be made of recycled materials â€“ pallet flooring and framing, waterproofed cardboard walls, aluminum can roofing â€“ and some donated materials from Loweâ€™s, according to The Fresno Bee.
The green community would have several tiny homes amidst fruit trees and landscaping, while a main building would house kitchen and bathroom facilities, as well as shops for residents to sell things theyâ€™ve made or grown.
The first homes are under construction, as pictured, and will be as small as 80 square feet. But they donâ€™t have a plot selected for the Eco-Village and will need one soon.
Fresno State contributed $20,000 to the effort, and Gregory Barfield, the cityâ€™s point man in preventing homelessness, is ready to help Dyson and company find an adequate site for the community.
If successful, it seems like Dysonâ€™s Eco-Village could provide a model for future communities elsewhere. Students get valuable experience in sustainability and construction, while landfill material gets reused and folks in need get a cozy shelter from the elements.
[+] Learn more about these Eco-Villages from The Fresno Bee.
Media credit: Darrell Wong/The Fresno Bee.