As you may know, before moving to Chicago, I spent a year living in Alabama and working as an outreach fellow at the Rural Studio. I was working on a project called the 20K House. The team I was a part of designed and built a $20,000 House (the house pictured in this post), which helped in the development of a prototype for affordable for rural West Alabama. Now, 6 years later the Rural Studio is getting ready to celebrate it's 20th anniversary. To celebrate, the entire studio will focus on building eight 20k houses for the community, resulting in twenty 20K houses in total. In order to make that possible, the studio needs to raise $160,000. The Rural Studio alumni in Chicago have banded together with the hope of raising $20,000 collectively, so I'm hoping to raise $1000 in support of that goal.
Wondering how you can help? You can purchase a set of my Western Avenue postcards or Ocean Collection notecards and the full purchase price will be donated to the cause. You can also make a donation of any amount (no amount too small or large) by clicking on the donate button below, Or, if you can't donate at this time, you can share a link to this post on social media, to help spread the word. If you'd like to learn more about the Rural Studio and the 20K house project, read more below!
What is the Rural Studio? In 1993, Sambo Mockbee and D.K. Ruth brought a handful of architecture students to rural West Alabama, giving them a more hands-on educational experience whilst assisting an undeserved population. Rural Studio has since built more than 150 community-based projects and educated more than 600 "Citizen Architects."
What's a 20K House? The 20K House project began in 2005 as an ongoing Rural Studio research project addressing the need for affordable housing in Hale County, Alabama. With nearly 30% of individuals in Hale County living in poverty, the 20K House has evolved to become a well-built, affordable house for everyone.