America’s population surges have historically produced new housing types: balloon-frame houses helped settle the Midwest; garden apartments posed a healthier alternative to burgeoning tenements; Levittown emblematized the Baby Boom. If 70 million millennials represent the largest youthquake to date, then what new residential paradigm will appear for it? Gen Y-ers affiliated with the Savannah College of Art and Design believe the answer looks something like SCADpad, a new 135-square-foot micro dwelling created by an interdisciplinary collaboration of 112 students and alumni from the namesake school.
Working in Solar Decathlon–like fashion, the group unveiled three prototype units at SCAD’s Atlanta campus last week. The participants view miniaturization as the best means of achieving affordable housing in city centers where millennials prefer to live, says School of Building Arts dean Christian Sottile, who conceived the project with SCAD president Paula Wallace a year ago.