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Kanye West’s Star Wars–Themed Affordable-House Plan Hits a Snag

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Like many citizens of Los Angeles, Kanye West is acutely aware of the city’s housing crisis. Unlike the majority of L.A. citizens, West believes the best solution is prefabricated domes, inspired by the planet Tatooine in Star Wars and designed by West himself. It’s West’s first toe-dip into architecture, and it’s not going so great. West has been building prototype buildings, which he insists are temporary, on his Calabasas property. On Thursday, TMZ reported that an inspector with the L.A. County Department of Public Works visited West’s property and noticed that the domes are on concrete foundations. This led the inspector to infer that the domes are actually permanent and thus need both plans and building permits, which West had never filed. He has 45 days to get approval for his architectural experiments, or they will be torn down. A source within the West camp insisted to TMZ that the domes are prototypes, and West has no intention of making the domes a forever home. This is not the first time West has clashed with officials over his insatiable dome lust. In January, Ye threatened to quit Coachella if it didn’t make a big ol’ dome for him.

Kanye West’s Star Wars–Themed Dome Project Hits a Snag