CA09 - New Technologies and Paradigms Session 2: Ending Homelessness Through 125 SF of Resiliency and Community

Tuesday, November 13 from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM | 185BC « Back

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BLOCK Project invites the community to end homelessness by placing a BLOCK Home in the backyard of one single-family lot on every residentially-zoned block within the City of Seattle. Each 125 square foot home is designed to be an off-grid, self-sufficient, and amenity-rich detached accessory dwelling unit (DADU). The BLOCK Project represents an innovative leap forward on the issues of homelessness, cross-class integration, social inclusion, and architectural design. The City of Seattle, King County, and the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) have thrown their intellectual weight behind this creative community-wide solution, and are working hand-in-hand with the BLOCK design + build team to support them as they scale. BLOCK Project strives to achieve the world’s most aspirational green building certification – ILFI’s Living Building Challenge (LBC). As the first certification program to explicitly require social equity, the LBC’s goals and values are well-aligned with those of the BLOCK Project. Both organizations have been working together to coordinate requirements and zero in on a design that will solve Seattle’s homeless crises, all while ensuring these newly-sheltered occupants are treated with the utmost dignity and respect. This ground-breaking collaboration provides the City of Seattle a world class example of regenerative, transformational design. Note: This session is part of the New Technologies and Paradigms track within CAHS. You are encouraged to select the other sessions within this track, though it is not required.

Learning Objectives:

Identify how the BLOCK Project’s tiny home model holistically addresses the homelessness crisis and the environmental crises in Seattle and beyond.

Detail the approach that the project team is taking to achieve the Living Building Challenge at a small scale, while keeping the project affordable.

List the largest design, permitting, policy, environmental, and others barriers that have been encountered so far, and the steps that the team has taken to successfully address them.

Specify ways to build coalition and community resources around a dignified, permanent solution to affordable housing, coupled with climate action, social justice, and cultural richness.

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Event Type: Communities & Affordable Homes Summit > Session