ABOUT THE COLLECTIVE
Who we are
The BC Tiny House Collective (BCTHC) was founded in 2016 as a reaction to the barriers to going tiny in our urban areas. We are a Vancouver-based volunteer initiative of over 1000 community-oriented individuals who are passionate about tiny houses and tiny living in BC. The group’s members are diverse in their backgrounds and bring with them skill sets in research, real estate, human resources, community engagement, construction, planning, design and communications.
The BC Tiny House Collective is co-run by founders Anastasia Koutalianos and Sam Gambling.
What we do
The BC Tiny House Collective is focused in three main areas: engagement, research and pilot projects. We call this campaign Go Tiny. It's our way of identifying the challenges to tiny living and highlighting next steps and opportunities. We do this through events and outreach, research with community partners and universities and by collaborating with cities in BC to pilot tiny house projects across the region.
Why we do it
Our vision is to ignite a cultural shift towards tiny living across British Columbia. Our mission is to incorporate tiny homes in future and existing neighborhoods as part of our region’s housing strategies through community mobilization and stakeholder engagement. We do this work because we believe community matters, and that affordable and sustainable housing should be a regional priority.
"Tiny homes are not the solution to our housing crisis, but they play a valuable part in densifying and diversifying our neighbourhoods and in creating sustainable and affordable housing for various communities."
Collaboration. We strive to build community and capacity through partnerships that are grounded in respect and collaborative communication. We firmly believe that together we are stronger.
Diversity. We encourage diversity in our housing stocks and ways of life, and work with engaged and diverse communities to bring these conversations to life.
Equity & empowerment. We advocate for self-determination of all individuals and groups, and believe affordable and just housing is a catalyst to greater expression, self-empowerment and fulfilling one’s passions.
Innovation. We are explorers, seeking new and creative ways of building and living in our cities. We support bold, evidence-based action from decision-makers to meet housing, sustainability and health targets.
Resilience. The collective focuses on opportunities and solutions over barriers and status-quo, and is agile and responsive in its approach and methods of engagement.
Sustainability. The collective fosters positive change while promoting practices that protect the earth and its resources. We understand the interconnection between the built environment and its impact on personal, social and ecological health, and support actions that foster green innovation and sustainable and healthy systems for all.
To engage and inform cities and citizens on the opportunities around tiny houses as we navigate the pathway towards their legalization, legitimization and inclusion through research, outreach and piloting.
To ally and partner with diverse groups and populations that are working towards inclusivity, and through their initiatives and visions, support our shared values with regard to health, reconciliation and sustainability.
To bridge the gap of knowledge around tiny housing and collaborate with industry and community partners to create a clearinghouse of information through dialogue and research.
To advocate for affordable, sustainable and safe housing models that incorporate the use of renewable energies, and innovative and sustainable building methods, materials and waste management systems.
To mobilize and empower citizens in support of complete and diverse communities that are affordable, equitable, healthy and sustainable.
To be transparent and share our successes and failures with other organizations and tiny house initiatives through open source documentation and dialogue that can influence change on local, provincial, national and global levels.