Gregory Kloehn Repurposes Trash Into Vibrant Houses for the Homeless

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The necessity to shelter the homeless is a prevalent and widespread reality for many urban areas, including Oakland, California, the hometown of American artist Gregory Kloehn who is using his creative capacity as an action for change.

As the founder of the ‘homeless homes project‘ — a community has driven initiative — Kloehn has realized a low-cost, practical and imaginative solution for the construction of habitable shelters for those living on the streets.

He combs through heaps of illegally dumped trash, commercial waste and excess household items piled in alleyways and discarded throughout the city, and upcycles the raw materials into walls, roofs, doors, windows, wheels, and locks.

Kloehn describes that adopting the otherwise disused garbage as a medium for architectural development ‘diminishes money’s influence over the building process‘ and transforms the rejected debris into an object of hope and happiness.

Gregory Kloehn’s work is about taking the grandeur of the world and mixing it with social irony.

Through a solemn, yet spontaneous rendering of people, animals, and everyday objects. He seeks to explore the relationships that have emerged from the symbiotic relationship between us and our world.

Presenting the familiar as an icon to our present condition, Kloehn mimics nature and industry into an artificially manufactured shade of reality.




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By |2018-06-07T00:14:01+00:00June 30th, 2014|Categories: Home Improvement & DIY, Inspirational, Life Hacks|Tags: , , , |6 Comments


  1. Mylène Dubois June 7, 2015 at 12:08 am - Reply

    You are amazing..

  2. Lippy Gloss February 7, 2016 at 9:10 pm - Reply

    Your a kind soul, and the thought of you doing this is such a beautiful thing, wish I could do this!

  3. Linda Spears March 7, 2016 at 2:07 pm - Reply

    Gregory keep up the good work there are not many people like you in the world. You are an Angel to all these homeless individuals!

  4. Lisa Marie April 15, 2016 at 4:09 pm - Reply

    I love your houses and your plans in action. Please teach your classes.

  5. Karen Hicks May 14, 2016 at 10:11 pm - Reply

    This is a wonderful idea!

  6. Sohaila Rahimi October 17, 2016 at 1:10 pm - Reply

    I love your work, and what you are doing for homeless. Thank you.

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