Kanye West's Unpermitted Vision for Housing Utopia Has Been Demolished

Kanye had 45 days to submit plans for the unpermitted buildings built on his property in Calabasas, California. Instead, the rapper tore the buildings down.

September 13, 2019, 5:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


The saga of Kanye West's unpermitted foray into affordable housing design speculation has ended in demolition, and ahead of a deadline.

"All but one of the housing prototypes were torn down with about a week to spare before the September 15 deadline ... imposed by the L.A. County Dept. of Public Works for violating the building code," according to an article on TMZ. The article even includes aerial photos of the destruction.

"The prototypes were part of the rapper-slash-designer-slash-producer’s grand vision to build an egalitarian community of sustainable homes, according to a Forbes writer who toured the property last month, in the style of the Tatooine settlements that debuted in the first Star Wars film," according to another article on the subject of the demolition, this one written by Sydney Franklin.

For more background on the county's enforcement of the building code, see an article published by Planetizen, with lots of links to relevant sources, in August.

Monday, September 9, 2019 in TMZ

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