The tiny home prototype under construction in Barrio Logan.

Over the last six months, 54 ninth graders from High Tech High Chula Vista have worked to design and build a prototype live/work dwelling for San Diego artists.

The home is being built for Space 4 Art, a nonprofit with the mission of building permanent, affordable housing for artists in San Diego.

The project centers around the idea that art is vital to communities, yet rent is often too high for artists to continue to live and produce in them. One solution is building smaller homes, often only a few hundred square feet, an idea that has gained traction nationally.

On June 10, from 6 to 9 p.m., the students will celebrate the completion of the prototype at an event that is free and open to the public.

The prototype will be on display at Space 4 Art in the East Village, but will later be moved to a permanent home in Sherman Heights

High Tech High Chula Vista is a project-based learning school that focuses on building skills and learning through hands-on projects.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.