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Dear visitor,

I am Leonardo Di Chiara, a 27-years-old italian architect and engineer with the passion of temporary architecture and micro-living. You are visiting my personal website where I write about my newest projects and ideas.
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I would like to start your tour introducing aVOID: a nine-sqm tiny house on wheels designed and built by me in Italy during summer 2017. After a public presentation in Pesaro, the city where I come from, I moved it straight after to Berlin where it is now exhibited at the Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum of Design. It is going to stay inside the Museum until march 2018, so don’t miss the chance and drop by for a visit. aVOID is not just an exhibiting piece of design or an experimental prototype. It is also my home where I am living since 9th August 2017. If you are interested to know more about it, follow my tiny living experience on aVOID Facebook page.
What I am going to do after the Bauhaus museum exhibition? My dream is to live with my tiny house inside the city center. Maybe in Berlin but also in other interesting places around the world. I believe a lot of people would love as well to park their own movable living space inside the urban environment, This is why right now I am focusing on the development of a concept for Migratory Neighborhoods: a replicable model for temporary settlements of mobile tiny houses inside cities. Migratory because the houses, like birds, constantly migrate from a location to another taking advantage of the unused spaces in the city centers. If you are interested to know more or you want to be part with your tiny house to the first experiment which is going to take place in Milan (Italy) write me an e-mail at avoid@leonardodichiara.it or a message at this Facebook page.
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Scrolling down you will also find detailed information about my involvement with Tinyhouse University and my work at the world renowned architectural office GRAFT as recipient of the prestigious Premio Berlino.
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If you have any question don’t hesitate to contact me by e-mail, by telephone or just dropping by at Bauhaus Campus Berlin.

Thank you for your time.
Best wishes,
Leonardo

aVOID tiny house

aVOID is a mobile house prototype, drawing inspiration from the well-known American ‘tiny house’ typology. The 9 sqm living space on wheels is equipped with every comfort needed for everyday life and characterized by a strong adhesion to minimalist principles, the ‘less is more’ movement, and a more sustainable lifestyle. aVOID is the result of an artistic-architectural research project directed by me in collaboration with Tinyhouse University and supported by numerous internationally renowned technical partners.

The objective of the project is the field testing of the mobile ‘tiny house’ typology, the industrialisation of its construction process and raising social awareness of new housing policies such as the creation of urban migratory neighbourhoods. aVOID is the very first ‘tiny house’ entirely designed and manufactured in Italy, specifically in the very well-known Pesaro “District of Furniture”. aVOID will be on tour in Italy starting from April 2018!

Discover more about aVOID here.

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10. migratory neighborhood: temporary and movable settlements for tiny houses in cities

migratory neighborhood

“I was always fascinated by tiny houses but, at the same time, I was very skeptical about their usage. If you look at the typical american tiny house you would recognize that it has windows of all sides. This helps for sure to have a better feeling inside: the house seems bigger. But this means that you will always live as an independent unit, detached from the community. I wanted to live in cities and experience the challenge to mix different cultures, different habits, different houses. And so I though, why not bringing tiny houses in the city? But we need a new typology, an urban tiny house typology. This is why my aVOID tiny house doesn’t have any windows on the longer sides: it is a row house. It doesn’t make any sense if there is no neighbor living next to you. I am developing this ideas at the Tinyhouse University in Berlin. We are a diverse team which believes that we can still densify our city centers. How? With skyscreapers? No, with movable tiny houses. My next step after the Bauhaus Campus is to open with them a urban settlement that I will call “migratory neighborhood”. Migratory because the houses like birds can migrate from a location to another always going to occupy the spaces which are not used by the city in that specific moment. Birds move for food and better climate conditions. Tiny houses change their location depending on the unused spaces inside the existing urban structure. Imagine a garden during the coldest winter time or a public school parking lot during the summer break. It is a liquid solution, the tiny settlement can adjust itself depending by the contenitor. And neighbourhood because it is fully part of the city, it is just tiny and movable. A deeply rooted settlement in the existing urban community which takes advantage of the complex infrastructure the municipality already provides to its residents. What does the city get in return? Life in places which are forgot, creativity, new ideas, diversity and openness to foreign cultures. Next year I will be back with my house to Italy where I want to open the very first migratory neighborhood in the city center of Milan. It is such an amazing city. I have to talk to politician but I already know where it could be settled. It is an empty space at the end of a railway track not too far from the Duomo. Who wants to move in?” – Leonardo Di Chiara

Do you like this idea? Your feedback is very important. I am collecting requests from tiny housers or potential ones to have numbers to support this concept. I will go to talk to politicians to try this experiment in January 2018! Please write me to avoid@leonardodichiara.it or to the facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/migratoryneighborhood/.

 

What could be the future of the American “tiny house” typology in Europe? Could it solve the emergencies of a metropolis like overpopulation or apartment shortage? How we could shape an urban neighborhood on wheels? What benefits could emerge from such a living system for the nomadic inhabitants and for the city itself?

 

aVOID tiny house as part of a row-housing stystem. (Sketch by Leonardo Di Chiara)
aVOID tiny house as part of a row-housing stystem. (Sketch by Leonardo Di Chiara)

 

These are the questions that the aVOID project, as part of a broader research conducted by the Tinyhouse University, aims at answering. aVOID, looking at its terraced house configuration, contains an answer to these questions in its own shape. The possibility of assembling several tiny houses in a row represents a first effort towards a more rational urban development within the city. The “on-wheels” feature and the tininess dimension of the houses allows the creation of a new living system: “Migratory Neighborhood”. Temporary settlements where houses, like birds, can easily migrate from a location to another.

In agreement with municipalities, this process could be applied to the neglected spaces inside cities or depending, for its temporary location, on the seasonal occupancy of empty areas. For example imagine what could develop inside a garden during winter time or in a school parking lot during the summer break. In this way migratory neighborhoods could also become a valid tool to promote regeneration and vitality in our urban environment.

Bauhaus Campus represents the first attempt to test tiny houses in the urban scene. Here a view of the temporary neighborhood from aVOID’s rooftop. (Berlin, august 2017) © Leonardo Di Chiara
Bauhaus Campus represents the first attempt to test tiny houses in the urban scene. Here a view of the temporary neighborhood from aVOID’s rooftop. (Berlin, august 2017) © Leonardo Di Chiara

Be careful, “migratory neighborhood” is model not a the name of a singular artistic project or a research experiment. It aims at creating a repeatable structure for temporary and movable urban settlements of tiny houses. A network of migratory neighborhoods  opened with similar methodology in different cities, potentially all over the world. How all these neighborhood can be connected? How can tiny housers benefit from this network? Easy: with technology.

Parking lots of hotel on the seaside during the winter time (Pesaro, Italy)
A park in Berlin during the winter time is completely unused. The fountain stops working.
A brownfield in Berlin just next to Hauptbahnhof (Main Station).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Imagine if we would create an app (yardsurfing?, spacesurfing?) which can show to users all the free spots available where they could move in with their tiny house. It is like a platform with can connect the owners of empty spaces with the people which are looking for the best location inside a city center to put their mobile home. The municipalities can constantly upload the current location of their migratory neighborhoods with info about the space, the residents and the conditions. Also private owners can decide to offer their backyard or plots to host tiny housers.

Leonardo Di Chiara checking his new destination on “migratory neighborhood” app! (Copyright Anna Fontanet Castillo)

Do you like this idea? Your feedback is very important. I am collecting requests from tiny housers or potential ones to have numbers to support this concept. I will go to talk to politicians to try this experiment in January 2018! Please write me to avoid@leonardodichiara.it or to the facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/migratoryneighborhood/.

“Tiny is beautiful, tiny is possible!” – Leonardo Di Chiara

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tinyhouse University

aVOID tiny house and the students of the Tiny House Summer School 2017 at Bauhaus Campus Berlin.

Since July 2016 I am part of the Tinyhouse University, a berliner collective of architects, designers, sociologists, carpenters and newcomers which aims at giving innovative solutions for a more sustainable way of living in the city.

I am part of the Executive Board of “Tinyhouse University” and President&Founder of its italian branch “Tinyhouse University Italia”.

Learn more here.

Premio Berlino

For my tiny house project and my future vision on “migratory neighbourhoods”, I was awarded with the “Premio Berlino 2017“. A prestigious recognition for emerging Italian architects which focus their research on urban structure reuse and regeneration. The Prize was given by The Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Activities and Tourism MiBACT (General Directorate for Contemporary Art, Architecture and Urban Peripheries), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation MAECI (General Directorate for Promotion of the Nation System), the Italian Institute of Culture in Berlin IIC and ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory Berlin.

As recipient of the Prize I will spend a period of six months in Berlin (October 2017 – March 2018) in order to examine topics related to urban structure, reuse and regeneration and to participate to cultural activities (meetings, debates, seminars, urban tours…) especially attending the initiatives promoted by ANCB.

To follow my current involvement with Tinyhouse University, I decided to focus this short period of time to analyze in more details the theme of mobile urban structures and temporary living in the city. I will develop this research at GRAFT Architekten, tutored by architect and founding partner Lars Krückeberg. GRAFT is a world renowned architectural firm based in Berlin. The office has worked on a very broad a diverse collection of projects, from large scale developments to pop-up architecture. During my period at GRAFT I will work on one of their most successful project: SOLARKIOSK. This is a mobile unit of 8 sqm which aims at giving access to clean energy to off-grid villages in developing countries, especially in Africa. How can SOLARKIOSK “empower” the civilized and fully connected cities of our society? For more updates, visit this page soon.

urban tiny talk aVOID tiny house berlin premio berlino leonardo di chiara

>>> EXCITING NEWS!!! I am hosting a series of urban [tiny] talks inside my tiny house connected with the on-going urban revolution in Berlin. I will invite speakers from the Berlin scene to present their project in front of a [tiny] audience with an interactive format (15 seats only!!! Please reserve your ticket in advance! cost: 0.00€). Every speed talk will be also live streamed on aVOID facebook page and other platforms connected with urban regeneration in Italy. This is a way to communicate and inform the Italian public what I am learning from urban regeneration projects in Berlin which I can get in contact with during my scholarship period. This will be a good chance to open a discussion on how we deal with the same topics in Italy.

All the talks will be held in english language and to attend the event in person you need to register in advance. For more info, follow the Facebook page.

Read more here.