posted on February 17, 2017 4:39pm2017-02-17T16:39:17
Tiffany Pupa was going on break at about 3 a.m. She turned around to the tent she just left to see the dark of the night around her. The glow from the large white tent was spectacular in its contrast to the dark – but more spectacular to Pupa was seeing the shadows cast against the tent of the pack of volunteers she had with her at this insane hour of the day.
What were they doing?
For several weeks, the group of more than 150 students, faculty, their family members, and even some of their pets had assembled at the MSU Recycling Center to build the university’s first tiny house.
“Sparty’s Cabin” is the house’s name and the brainchild of Pupa, who graduated in May 2016 from the Honors College with a degree in interior design from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Coming in at 177 square feet, the tiny house features an upstairs sleeping loft, modern kitchen and a composting toilet.
posted on October 5, 2016 1:05pm2016-10-05T13:05:22
Bobbi Kilty, this month’s City Pulse cover artist, knew she wanted to be an artist in high school.
“I wanted to do it as a career, but my parents insisted I take college preparatory classes,” she said. “So I took all those during my first two years and was able to take art classes my junior year.”
Kilty, 72, went on to study interior design at Northwestern University and earn a master of fine arts degree from UCLA. She retired in 2008 after 36 years of teaching interior design at Washington State University and Michigan State University. Retirement has given the Williamston-based artist a chance to refocus on fine art.
A selection of Kilty’s works will be on display Friday at Vanguard Public Affairs as part of Arts Night Out, the Arts Council of Greater Lansing’s traveling monthly art event. Her works range from abstract water colors to realistic sketches. Her paintings, like “Kelp Forest,” seen on this week’s cover, often blend abstract style with natural elements.
posted on September 8, 2016 8:55am2016-09-08T08:55:45
The MSU Interior Design (ID) Program in the School of Planning, Design and Construction (SPDC) is pleased to announce the launch of a new “Student Projects” online gallery. After months of dedication, this gallery features the work of first- through fourth-year students, as well as competition submissions, with more to be added over the next few months.
posted on June 10, 2016 2:29pm2016-06-10T14:29:50
Christopher Cerk, a web-development major at the University of Michigan, said his desire to save money and invest in his future motivated him to ditch dorm life and instead build a tiny house to reside in.
“When you pay rent, you have money flying out the door, and you get no return on it,” Cerk said. “It’s nice to have a space you can clean in 15 minutes.”
After living in a dorm and an apartment, Cerk said he initially set his sights on remodeling a Volkswagen Bus to live in, but his mother talked him out of it. So Cerk built his tiny house over one summer; he estimates construction cost about $15,000. He says he had no experience building anything large and that he read up on how to frame a house and match roof angles. The 170-square-foot dwelling sits on a trailer and includes propane heating and solar panels but has no air conditioning or Internet.
Finding a place to park his new home was a major concern but Cerk didn’t broach the idea with the university. “I had a feeling it would be a very long process, and I didn’t want to deal with that,” he said. Instead, Cerk rents space to park the tiny home from a local landowner less than 20 minutes from the Ann Arbor, Mich., campus.
posted on April 28, 2016 1:04pm2016-04-28T13:04:26
Associate Professor Suk-Kyung Kim, PhD, in the Interior Design Program at the MSU School of Planning, Design and Construction, was honored with the 2015 International Ambassador Fellowship Award, presented by the Housing Education and Research Association (HERA).
After first receiving the Early Career Housing Award from the HERA, Suk-Kyung Kim decided to provide her service to the organization; she has served for about four years as the Publication Committee Chair. Being a member of HERA, and also highlighting her effort in international research/educational collaboration, made her eligible to receive this prestigious award.
After receiving a nomination letter from a colleague, Suk-Kyung Kim submitted her statement and CV to the HERA award committee. Her recommendation by the committee was then reviewed by the board and they voted her to receive the award, including a certificate and $1,000 check.
posted on April 26, 2016 12:34pm2016-04-26T12:34:03
The ribbon-cutting ceremony for “Sparty’s Cabin,” a student-led project to build Michigan State University’s first tiny house, took place on Earth Day to emphasize the goal of sustainability. The project was a collaborative effort from the start, including MSU’s student chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, faculty and staff members of the School of Planning, Design and Construction, Department of Forestry, Department of Sustainability, the Surplus Store and Recycling Center and the Breslin Center. Community experts and volunteers also participated in the construction of the tiny house.
posted on April 18, 2016 5:05pm2016-04-18T17:05:07
Nominees for the Outstanding Student Leadership Award have shown service and leadership in the college, department or school and through their university activities. By tradition, the winner of this award is asked to represent the graduating seniors as class speaker at the CANR Commencement ceremony.
posted on April 1, 2016 11:00am2016-04-01T11:00:49
The April 2016 edition of APUE News covered the “Students Build Tiny House on Campus” article published by MSUToday on March 8, 2016.
Students Build Tiny House on Campus
As many Michigan State students prepare for graduation, one senior’s genuine interest in the tiny home movement has led to a big collaborative effort among her peers. Tiffany Pupa, an interior design major from Northville, Michigan, is building a tiny house, dubbed ”Sparty’s Cabin,” on the MSU campus. Pupa has engaged other MSU students in the building, which started March 4 at the Recycling Center. The central goal was sustainability, so Sparty’s Cabin includes materials from the MSU Sustainable Wood Recovery Program and Shadows Collection.
posted on March 24, 2016 9:20am2016-03-24T09:20:28
posted on March 20, 2016 10:23am2016-03-20T10:23:04
My name is Tiffany Pupa and I am a senior interior design student, and the student lead for Sparty’s Cabin. Part of my responsibility for the project is to act as a shift leader during the build. This entails introducing student builders to the project, safety training and overall monitoring of the build site.