kanye west is designing 'star wars'-themed housing for the homeless

kanye west is designing 'star wars'-themed housing for the homeless

kanye west is taking inspiration from star wars to design affordable, prefabricated housing for the homeless. in an extensive cover story with forbes magazine, west offered a peek at structures he explained were, ‘inspired by luke skywalker’s childhood home.’

kanye west is designing 'star wars'-themed housing for the homeless

image by bel adone



west said he was working with a team to design prefabricated structures that sport the same austere aesthetic seen in star wars. the designer has taken cues specifically from the houses designed for the desert planet of tatooine, the home of luke and anakin skywalker in the star wars series.


while no images of the structures have been released yet, forbes reported that the prototypes are ‘oblong and dozens of feet tall’. west explains that the prefabricated units could be sunk into the ground with a lightwell carved into the top of each home.

kanye west is designing 'star wars'-themed housing for the homeless

image by jamel toppin via forbes



shot in southern tunisia’s djebel dahar region, tatooine’s set design features earthen houses sunken into the ground. the style is typical in arid areas where its underground approach utilizes earth temperatures to maintain warmth in cold weather and absorb heat in hot weather.

kanye west is designing 'star wars'-themed housing for the homeless




kanye west has long been expressing his interest in architecture and furniture design. in 2018 he announced via twitter that he was launching an architecture arm of his yeezy fashion label. at the time he put out a call for architects and industrial designers to join him on the project and ‘make the world better’.

  • His idea seems to place ‘the unworthy’ into his idea of off-world hovels. He’s only lacking transport to rid the rest of society of the problem.


    Jimmy Xi says:
  • I was architect in 1962-63 who helped Gov. of Tunisia Tourism make underground dwellings livable including a youth hostel in Matmata, Southern Tunisia, later used by StarWars and thereafter named “StarWars Hotel.” I also designed low cost housing in southern Tunisia utilizing local materials (stone, rammed earth, brick vaults (without formwork if constructed carefully). The advantages will these local materials are the stone and brick masonry delays and moderates temperature swings. The design concerns are: In summer months, the masonry (and top meter of earth) heats up after several months ABOVE human comfort = oven. In winter months, the masonry cools well BELOW human comfort = refrigerator. These concerns can be reduced by air space and insulation in walls and roofs. Designs that I developed (with local craftsmen) were considered the lowest cost dwellings to be built in Tunisia in the 1980s tested by Univ. of Tunis engineering studies. Skills learned by local masons became significant new income for impoverished communities.

    Don Watson says:

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