A Tiny Home, commissioned by Anthony Moscar, will be built on site at Evergreen BrickWorks over the span of 2-4 weeks from mid-August to early September 2014. During that time, visitors to the Evergreen Brickworks site, including the hugely popular Saturday and Sunday Farmers markets, will be engaged in discussion with a team of volunteers who will provide information, answer questions and promote interest and awareness in the concept of Tiny Homes and the values embodied by them. The progression of the build will be captured through documentary and time-lapse photography, as well as witnessed by visitors to the site. Once built, the home will be made available for targeted tours and will support workshops developed in collaboration with Evergreen’s City Works program. To support a broader discussion with residents of the City and its policy makers, a media strategy will be launched simultaneously, engaging print and television media to reach a wide ranging and diverse audience. Social media platforms will be used to share video clips, blogs, human interest stories and a variety of links that may be interest to diverse stakeholders.
Why are we doing this?
The GTHA housing system is failing to meet the region’s needs. Trends in land use have encouraged inefficient sprawling development and energy-inefficient construction that is ecologically unsustainable and costly for municipalities, landlords and residents alike. Rising income inequality, soaring housing costs and the shortage of new affordable housing have all resulted in an affordability crisis for many low and middle income households while environmental pressures persist. (A new Foundation: A Backgrounder for the Housing Action Lab on The Future of Housing in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area) Our current housing system presents an environmental, affordability, and economic growth threat.
What are the project goals?
The Tiny House Project is committed supporting a civic discussion on innovative ways to provide affordable and environmentally sustainable home ownership for urban dwellers utilizing unused space within the City. The partners are working towards the following common goals;
– Raising awareness with homebuyers, residents in the GTA, policy makers and the development community around the Tiny House option,
– Providing engagement opportunities for those stakeholders to ask questions and learn more about the experience of living in a tiny house,
– Highlighting some of the barriers that currently prevent Tiny Homes from being a viable option in the GTA,
– Raising consciousness of the public regarding the environmental and economic footprint and impact of current housing trends and offer alternatives.
The Tiny Home Team
The Tiny House Project is an initiative incubated through Civic Action’s Emerging Leaders Network. Larissa Parriag, Erika Nicolai and Lori Lucier came together through their participation in the Civic Action Diverse City Fellows program, an intensive leadership development program for city builders.
Anthony Moscar is the home owner, and is a health professional who feels very strongly that his new home needs to reflect his values in terms of where the materials are sourced and how the building and energy consumption of the home impacts the environment. Anthony’s partnership will allow the team to utilize the building of Anthony’s home as a concrete example of the Tiny House story.
City Works is a program of Evergreen whose mission is to take steps to change how we plan and design our cities to transform the way we live, and reduce the environmental impact of urban areas on a large scale. They bring together the public, innovators and decision makers to accelerate the shift to green infrastructure in cities across Canada and beyond. From transportation to housing and city building, City Works experiments with new ideas and build coalitions behind them to ensure their adoption.
Earth Development is a development company that delivers projects that are supported by rigorous financial modeling, sound energy and environmental parameters. Earth Development has an interest in building environmentally sounds, small communities in underdeveloped areas within Toronto and neighboring communities.