Art & Design Students Reimagine Micro-Living

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Savannah College of Art & Design consistently trains some of the most talented, ambitious creatives in the country. The school has such a fabulous reputation, I looked into acquiring a Masters in Advertising there myself. Even though I pursued other options, my friends who chose the SCAD route still rave about how divine it was to attend the creatively-focused institution. While I did my due diligence when researching the school, I never knew that their influence extended much further than the Savannah flagship campus in Georgia — the school now has campuses in Hong Kong, France and Atlanta. For the past couple of years, these various outposts have served as design inspiration for the school’s ingenious housing experiment, SCADpad.

It took nearly 40 faculty members and over 70 students to craft these stunning micro-pads, an active study in micro-living conducted by the school. The homes, while very visually interesting, are more of an experiment in urban housing than one in interior design. Christian Sottile, Dean of the School of Building Arts, tells us the creative community was “… designed to be a living laboratory for millennial minds to help them envision how we’ll engage with an urban environment of the future.”

Tracking down the perfect spot to house the “laboratory” was of the utmost importance to Christian and his staff. After a little research, setting up the space in a parking garage on the school’s Atlanta campus seamlessly fit with the experiment’s narrative. The team behind the initiative discovered that there are five parking spots for every one car in the United States alone. Not only that, these 105 million parking spots sit vacant nearly 50% of the time. That’s a lot of wasted space being earmarked for cars — an asset tomorrow’s workforce is ditching in favor of living closer to where they work and play. With a booming population, and less and less space allocated to affordable living, the wasted area was perfect for the micro experiment. The community has since evolved to include not only micro-houses, but also a technology workstation, park, garden and recreation space. Click through to take a look at the fun, inspiring community of 135-square-foot homes that SCAD’s finest envision as the future of urban living. Enjoy! —Garrett

Photography courtesy of Savannah College of Art & Design

Source: SCADpad

  1. So proud of my friends Trish Anderson and Michael Porten for making the SCADpad Europe… I’m not biased (well probably a little) but it’s my favourite.

    pssst….we have a Trish Anderson original teepee in our garden which she made for my kids last summer. I just sat in awe passing her tools (and refreshments) as she whipped up this magical – very beautiful – space out of left over / recup materials.

    Much love!!

  2. Heather P. says:

    This is such a great idea! I love that it combines learning opportunities for both art/design and urban planning, giving students a chance to use their creative talents in new and exciting ways!

    I also love this idea because I live in Seattle, and we’re in the middle of a housing crisis ourselves. What little housing exists downtown (where most of the jobs are) is insanely expensive and doesn’t really cater to the young professionals who want to live and work in the same neighborhood!


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