The CCCAP is celebrating its’ first year of official status with the CCCAP’s FIRST STUDENT DESIGN COMPETITION: THE M-S-XS PROJECT.  By the registration deadline of March 1, 2015, there were 81 student registrations from 15 different CCAPs.

The design project was created by College of DuPage faculty members and CCCAP members, Jane Ostergaard and Mark Pearson.  The project can be done a team or an individual and can easily be designed as an independent or as part of a classroom assignment.  Competitors are responsible for selecting the site.  Energy conservation, ease of construction, and size are important factors.

Here is a summary of the competition:

M-S-XS Project:   The project name identifies the goal based on our sizing standards, Medium, Small, and X-Small.

Students are asked to design a comfortable living space in which two adults will meet their permanent living needs in a unit which can be moved from place to place. The mechanism for moving may be incorporated into the structure itself or it may be sized to fit on a flatbed truck.

The home must include all the spaces needed for a permanent living space within no more than 800 square feet and no more than 13’-0” tall when positioned for moving. If the designer chooses to use a flatbed truck for moving the structure, the design shall meet the dimensions shown below with the combined height of truck and structure to not exceed 13’-0”.

Continuing the basic premise to reduce the environmental impact of the structure, students are encouraged to incorporate alternative energy options, rain collection systems, grey water use and any other elements which will reduce the carbon footprint.

The goal of this competition is to provide CCAP students with a design/presentation project focused on a current issue. It also acts as an open forum for design creativity and offers an opportunity for students to demonstrate their technical skills and problem solving creativity.

 There will be prizes for Best Overall Design, Best Design in terms of Energy Consumption/Strategies, and Best Design in terms of Minimum Cubic Footage.

 The jury has been selected and includes the following:

·        Jeff Broadhurst AIA, Broadhurst Architects, whose “The Crib at Strathmore” was featured in Country Living’s “44 of the Most Impressive Tiny Houses You’ve Ever Seen,"

·        Mariane Cusato, author of The Just Right Home: Buying Renting, Moving…or Just Dreaming—Find Your Perfect Match and Get Your House Right, Architectural Elements to Use and Avoid, and winner of the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum’s 2006 “People’s Design Award” for her Katrina Cottage,

·        Derek Diedrickson, author of Humble Homes, Simple Shacks, Cozy Cottages, Ramshackle Retreats, Funky Forts: and Whatever The Heck Else We Could, and host of HGTV’s “Tiny House Builders,”

·        Lloyd Kahn, founding editor-in-chief of Shelter Publications and author of numerous books including Tiny Houses Simple Shelter and Tiny Homes on the Move: Wheels and Water, and

·        Meg Stephens, designer and educator [Tumbleweed Tiny House Company] and responsible for the “Linden” model design.

 All entries will be exhibited at the CCCAP Conference 2015 Atlanta.

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