Collage render of architecture project

Published: 2023

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Open Your Backyard

Our proposal, “Open Your Backyard,” aims to tackle Ann Arbor’s housing shortage problem in a sustainable, affordable, and community-focused manner. By constructing accessory dwelling units (ADUs) on single-family residential lots, we can increase the city’s density and create small, hidden communities. Homeowners have the freedom to choose their ADU’s tenants while the area is co-managed and shared
functionally. Ultimately, our solution strives to enhance the livability of Ann Arbor, fostering inclusivity, sustainability, and harmony within the urban environment.


Faye Tang and Jamie Chen


Gabriel Cuéllar and Salam Rida