Micro Prefab Housing Startup KASITA is Revolutionizing Attainable Urban Living

AUSTIN, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–After three years of R&D, Austin-based housing startup KASITATM
revealed its prototype at SXSW® Interactive,
where it was awarded the 2016 SXSW Innovation Award in the Smart Cities

Named one of 2016’s Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company,
KASITA is transforming urban living, designing and fabricating housing
that is more affordable, adaptable and efficient than anything offered
by the status quo.

KASITA’s futuristic metal and glass housing units measure approximately
300 square feet, catering to the increasing numbers of one and two
person households in today’s cities. Units are packed with amenities,
smart home tech and custom furnishings that take advantage of every
cubic inch of space. Because they are mass-produced, construction costs
are kept low and quality high. KASITA units are quickly attached to a
patent pending plug-and-play rack, which can be set up in days and
quickly hooked up to utility lines. The racks slide into underutilized
or unused urban lots that are too small for conventional housing
development. A KASITA development is being built in Austin later this
year, and there is a great deal of interest from cities across the
globe. At SXSW, 14 mayors visited the KASITA prototype, including those
from San Jose, Providence and Kansas City, each evaluating KASITA as an
affordable solution for their cities.

“Urban housing is perhaps the single most important factor in facing the
economic, environmental and social challenges that face humanity today,”
said KASITA founder and CEO Jeff Wilson, aka “Professor Dumpster,” who
lived in a 33 square foot dumpster for a year to determine how little
space and stuff a person needs to live a happy life. But Wilson believes
the status quo is failing, and failing bad. As the world’s populations
urbanize, urban cores are facing extreme housing shortages, driving up
housing costs and driving out the middle class as well as artists,
creatives, immigrants and young professionals who are the cultural
capital that make cities great.

“Every aspect of KASITA — from its high tech prefabricated construction
to its ability to set up quickly on discounted land — was designed to
create both an amazing living experience and produce development and
living costs that crush traditional site building in terms of
affordability,” Wilson said.

“In his SXSW keynote, President Obama said we need to tackle big
problems in new ways, and I couldn’t agree more. But the last real
innovation in housing was 150 years ago, when people started building
higher than six stories,” Wilson said. He believes KASITA is a complete
break from the current way housing is made and developed, bringing to
bear the innovative spirit commonplace in tech to the housing market. “I
think it was Albert Einstein who remarked that the housing that created
the problem, will not be the housing that solves it.”



Eileen Buesing, 512-825-6403