The pocket houses are a series of small moveable structures built by Laney College carpentry students to house students experiencing homelessness. Nationwide, up to 14% of community college students experience homelessness, and at Laney College, the percentage is estimated to be much higher.
The inclusion of students in the production of these shelters, coupled with the development of a coalition of politicians, policy makers and community members, resulted in the development of social support structures, in addition to physical architectural structures, for students experiencing homelessness.
The rhomboid forms of the Pocket Houses are skewed, allowing area for clerestories and lofts. Wrapped in steel for durability, each end is sliced revealing a different material and hinting at the space within.