InvestmentsReal Estate

Here’s what Kanye West’s idea of affordable housing looks like, and why it may never be realized

Neighbors want rapper's Star Wars-inspired domes demolished

Kanye West’s venture into affordable housing may be coming to an abrupt end thanks to his angry Calabasas neighbors who are demanding the “gumdrop-shaped” prototypes be demolished, according to an article in Curbed Los Angeles

Last month, a recent Forbes profile of the rapper-turned-designer revealed that West is working on designing prefabricated, low-income housing with a Star War’s aesthetic, shopping the idea to investors as a potential housing solution for the homeless.

kanye 2“He tells me they could be used as living spaces for the homeless, perhaps sunk into the ground with light filtering in through the top,” the author wrote.

But while the article described the prototypes as “a trio of structures that look like the skeletons of wooden spaceships,” and said the large-scale representations were each oblong and dozens of feet tall, the piece was otherwise devoid of detail.

Now, we have photos of West’s prototypes, which have been resurrected on 300 acres of land he owns in Calabasas, California, from L.A. County Public Works.

kanye 3And, according to Curbed, West’s venture in affordable housing may be over before it really began, as complaints from neighbors may force him to tear the structures down.

After at least two calls to the City of Los Angeles regarding late-night construction noise, an inspector dispatched to the property for a second time determined that the structures did not appear temporary in nature and would therefore require permits before more building could commence.

West’s team has 45 days to secure the proper permits, or authorities will demand the prototypes be taken down.

(Photos courtesy of L.A. County Public Works)



About the Author

Most Popular Articles

Housing market flashing recession signal

The housing market is signaling there will be an economic recession by the 2020 election, according to Benn Steil, director of international economics at the Council on Foreign Relations. “When income fails to keep pace with home prices, the latter must fall back,” the post said. “Falling home prices, in turn, drive down household spending.”

Oct 11, 2019 By

Latest Articles

Total student debt could buy every U.S. house on market…twice

Total student debt in the U.S. reached $1.5 trillion, a new all-time high, according to a new study by But what does that mean for the housing market? Together, $1.5 trillion is enough to buy every single home on the market in the U.S. Twice.

Oct 15, 2019 By