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My name is Gabriel Warren, a senior attending Etowah High School. I find joy in the art of creating art; from music, to drawing and painting, and much more, art is my life. In addition to this, I’m an extremely analytical person that lives for situational problem solving and anything graphical. As a kid, I was constantly trying to figure out new ways to do things and just simply creating things with my hands. Whatever was in my mind found its way manifested as a model or a diagram on paper. When I found out etowah had an architecture course, it was thrilling to know that I could be able to focus all of my interests onto one subject; for architecture is a combination of both artistry, science, and problem solving. With this passion in mind, I chose to do my senior project on the subject. With that being said, the tiny house I created was something I’d never done before.
Originally, my final product was going to be a set of micro-housing units with the sole purpose of helping with the issue of sidewalks and underpasses being occupied by the homeless in major cities. As far as my research paper, all of my sources dealt with the topic of housing; some were on the history of architecture while others had their content narrowed to the topic of those whose homes are on stoops and beneath bridges. For one, I learned that politicians have very little sympathy for those who are “ruining” their cities. If funding was directed towards rehabilitation centers, safer public housing, and reintroducing veterans to society rather than new malls or more parks, the gravity of the problem could easily be reduced. It’s a shame, really; and it’s extremely unfortunate that people see the error but feel little motivation to correct it in a manner that benefits all parties involved.
As stated previously, my product was originally to be a set of micro-housing units -- living spaces of about 300-350 ft2. With quarters of that size, a plethora of them could be implemented into areas of cities at low cost; and with the sustainability of said units, maintenance costs would be the least of the cost. Keeping in mind that city officials aren’t too much in favor for those who “disgrace” their area of jurisdiction, I figured that a program be introduced where the homeless go through an application process that would give them a job in something like park-management and temporary ownership of a unit until they were able to afford a place of their own and successfully get a proper 9-5 job. Either that or they would get to live in a unit in exchange for attending a school to get some sort of minor degree. In my mind, I found that to be a fantastic idea and a great challenge for I had never designed anything architectural for the purpose of solving an issue; nor have I modeled anything of such a small area. While working on the original model, I was introduced to tiny houses -- miniature homes usually placed on a trailer and pulled around by vehicle. They are essentially souped up RV’s with a lot more character. Once I looked more into them, my project basis shifted from helping the homeless to simply doing something I’d never done before. Tiny houses are only a step up from micro-housing units in terms of size; so the issue of space was something to consider heavily. Creativity is an essential for anyone designing one. The amount of thought that has to go in when considering ways to implement elements such as storage, heating, and electricity while still maintaining a sense of openness in such a small area is extremely crucial and is a requirement for projects like these. In order to get a sense of which direction to head into with my design, I had to check out pre-existing models and plans. I looked for commonalities and came up with ways to throw my own spin of originality into the project. After several hours of work, the product came out clean.
This product came out of something I already had a passion for, so I’m pretty conscious to what’s out there. I could be a city planner or a landscaper. I could also be an architect. As far as what I’ve learned about myself, not much.
Unlike what I’ve learned about myself, when it comes to this project, I’ve learned that it was honestly an extremely uncoordinated waste of time. However, this wasn’t your fault as judges, it was the people in charge at fault for trying out this “accelerated senior project” mess without diligence. Sorry, but I strongly disliked the entirety of this project aside from working on my stuff. All the extra stuff, such as this letter, I felt, was a complete waste.
LETTER TO THE JUDGESure course, it was thrilling to know that I could be able to focus all of my interests onto one subject; for architecture is a combination of both artistry, science, and problem solving. With this passion in mind, I chose to do my senior project on the subject. With that being said, the tiny house I created was something I’d never done before.
This product came out of something I already had a passion for, so I’m pretty conscious to what’s out there. I could be a city planner or a landscaper. I could also be an architect. As far as wha